"I haven't shied away from political and social conversations in my life, so I don't shy away from them in the films I make either. It doesn't mean that I'm out here preaching to the converted; I'd actually like to open up discussion and find ways that aren't polarizing. Films are reflecting what is going on in society. We as a society since 9/11 have, for the first time since Watergate, sat around and had outrage, discussion, polarization and arguments from both sides of the aisle. Questions are being asked. And that is good." - George Clooney
I, for one, am relieved that we have found our way out of the wilderness (Thanks, George!) and started talking again, talking about politics, talking about world issues. These past thirty years have been, well, too quiet, especially in the arts, where no one's been grappling with issues of any kind. Nothing but glitz and fluff. Hits from the 80s, 90s and today. Hollow, right? Until now. Hurray!
Now, combine that decades long silence with the general warming of the Earth and the indordinate number of naps I've taken over the years make a lot more sense. But now I'm awake and issues rattle around in my head more often than I can take. My advice to those in a similar situation goes like this: Pat yourself on the back a few times (5-10 times works for me), watch either of George Clooney's two movies this year and then recall that hilarious anecdote about how audiences thought the actor playing Joseph McCarthy was just so great. I find my heartiest laughs come when I'm so sleepy I'm practically punch drunk. And if that doesn't work, just think back to the last couple of moribund decades, think back to all that silence and inactivity, block out all feelings of trepidation, bar yourself from ever using the term "post 9/11" ever again (please? pretty please?) and curl up under your favorite blanket. Sleep well, you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England. Sleep...(awww...aren't we cute when we're asleep?)