Heidegger said that the only way to live an authentic existence is through the awareness of death. By this definition Zadie Smith is living an inauthe...
The anger in the transference is clear. He's not saying, "You don't get to be bored" to his daughter, but to himself. Not getting, of course, that her boredom and his boredom belong to different categories.
Through the safety of comedy he allows people to consider intense and threatening ideas. In doing so, his performances transform a night out into something special and meaningful.
In order to endure the pain you must be able to sit with it, not avoid it. No one wants to be in pain, but remember that pain can also be a lesson, an opportunity to learn, grown and change.
When shaping that wild and precious life, it's good to remember that there's so much to see out here in the light -- nature, beauty, the blue sky, the trees, music, art, sex, laughing, good food.
Nature or nurture? Do we, by default, stop asking questions as we get older? Or are those questions driven from our minds by parents and teachers -- like rats from a sinking ship, locusts from Egypt or any other pestilential metaphor near at hand?
Behold, here comes Louis C.K., this generation's bawdy philosopher/guru masquerading as curmudgeon jackass comic, throwing his particular brand of often brilliant, deadpan observational wisdom all over the digital zeitgeist.
Modern comedy is about being part of something -- not just laughing. Modern comedians have transformed their fan bases into meaningful communities such that comedy shows have become meeting places and even celebrations for like-minded audiences.
Maybe the reason I'm wanting to channel my inner Donna Summer is that I've been on a week-long marathon of Orange Is the New Black. It's so thrilling to watch women chew up the scenery and be funny and crazy and silly and insane and wild and tough and every freaking shade a woman can be.
Film: Blue Jasmine (2013) Cast includes: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Bandits), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham)...
New York son Woody Allen's back from Europe and he's unpacking some American baggage; Cate Blanchett talks of liminally channeling Hedda Gabler, Mary Tyrone, and Blanche DuBois.
"Jasmine was a gift of a role," said Cate Blanchett at the New York premiere of Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's new movie.
Witty about social pretensions, eloquently moving about failure and loss, acerbic about family relations -- Blue Jasmine feels like a rich destination Woody Allen has been heading toward for years.
Considering myself a comedy writer, I decided it couldn't hurt to at least see how this magical class could tap into anyone's inner comedian, and turn him into a pro.
The night was not exactly like the baudy The Aristocrats, a film featuring comedians telling roughly the same story, each one raunchier than the one b...
I am in desperate and ridiculous TV love with Marc Maron, despite the fact that I know he is so wrong for me.