If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. - Haruki Murakami
Maybe Murakami's quote applies to everything. Perhaps I'll out myself as a hopeless snob. If I lose a few readers or start a debate, GREAT. I'm typing what I have to say, because I can't sit on it any longer.
I am sick of the simpering sameness that permeates all creative forms today. From the same few music acts whose auto-tuned voices are beamed at me everywhere I turn/click/read to our dismal summer movie offerings to 'must read' book lists that are all composed of the same PR'd-to-death tomes, I am an isolated, dejected weirdo who must not like anything popular or socially accepted.
What bothers me about this isn't that social media seems to have turned our entire society into a herd of sheep, or that I feel like I have been sent on an endless trip back to high school where nobody ever graduates, grows up or evolves. No. I can deal with those things.
It bothers me to see myself becoming what I despise.
To fall apart. To come together.
Maybe that's what the Lion King meant in the song "Circle of Life." Have I mentioned how much I love cartoons?
Surely you've had one of those days where you thought nothing worked.
Yes. It's true. I almost threw things at 2am when we found out our flight to Sydney was cancelled. Backdraft from another plane blew an orange barrier into one of our engines. What was estimated to be a four hour delay morphed into not leaving Los Angeles at all.
We cannot flee LA until tomorrow night.
While I will miss much of the Rotary International Convention, I'm grateful for several truths:
Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of my all-time favorite actors. The ability to disappear into a role is a gift, one that has to extract a high price on the human being with that gift.
That's what I'm telling myself anyway, because he left the stage before he had the chance to star in my book-to-movie.
Doesn't life always happen like this? You're focused on something. I mean, REALLY lasered in on it. You've left all other things behind.......even though those things haven't forgotten YOU.
Clients: We REALLY want you to do this project for us, Andra. In February.