18 Jan 2011

January 18, 2011

Awhile ago I said I was only going to buy fair-trade, union-made clothing. But it ended up being pretty hard, pretty expensive, so I found a macro-economic argument against fair-trade and I decided to believe that instead.

I bought a homeless guy a lunchable today. He was standing near our office, holding up a flimsy cardboard sign. When I got close, I saw his sign said he needed rent for his girlfriend. I gave him the lunchable anyways. I didn’t have cash. I really didn’t. But that wouldn’t have been the first time I’ve lied to a beggar.

People have reasons for the things they do. There is enough evidence out there to support whatever you want to believe, so most people work backwards. The only way to really get someone to change their mind about something is to be nice to them.

I was reading a lecture by E.M. Forster last night about criticism, about how critics — professional critics — are like those kids in school who know how to take tests but don’t know how to create anything for themselves. He said that geniuses aren’t usually very good at test taking, fitting inside the system. There’s not much money in being a genius; the real money is in criticizing. I’m not sure I totally agree with that, though.

I watched part of a documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now and there is this audio recording of Francis Ford Coppolla talking to his wife, and he says: “My greatest fear is to make a really shitty, embarrassing, pompous film on an important subject. And I am doing it. And I confront it, I acknowledge it, and I can tell you from the most sincere depths of my heart the film will not be good…this film is a 20 million dollar disaster, why won’t anyone believe me?”

That last post got 70 views, which is exponentially more than I usually get. I think it might have been a glitch or something.

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