“Some part of all of us wants to be credited and enjoys the acclaim. And a big part of all of us likes getting answers. But we now live in a world where counter-intuitive bullshitting is valorized, where the pose of argument is more important than the actual pursuit of truth, where clever answers take precedence over profound questions. We have no patience for mystery. We want the deciphering of gods. We want oracles. And we want all of it right now.”—
“My fear is not death; my fear is spending my last years slurping blueberry, whey and soy powder shakes in a rock star hospital in Houston, surrounded by strangers. No. My daily regimen begins with half a medical marijuana cookie in my oatmeal, and ends with dinner at a fancy restaurant with friends or family. And before bed, ice cream.”—
“The trick to fostering collective creativity, Catmull says, is threefold: Place the creative authority for product development firmly in the hands of the project leaders (as opposed to corporate executives); build a culture and processes that encourage people to share their work-in-progress and support one another as peers; and dismantle the natural barriers that divide disciplines.”—
“I like talking to people and the opportunity to learn something; or if I have a natural curiosity about somebody, I really look forward to that. Or if I have something that I know is gonna be silly and stupid and I want my authorship out there on this something silly and stupid, then I get eager about that. But in the old days, we just were going 20 hours a day. We’d be out on the streets, we’d be going to New Jersey, we’d be up all night shooting, and there would be contests. I can’t do that show anymore.”—
I am a big supporter of David Letterman, flaws and all, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard him talk so long and so candidly about himself before, and by the end of this conversation with Alec Baldwin I only wished their chat could have gone on for a few hours more.
My wife and I make a point of watching every episode of Letterman’s show now, just because we realized we don’t want to take him for granted while he’s there. It probably won’t be too much longer before Dave just stops and goes away like Johnny did (and he’s earned the right to do it just like Johnny), though maybe he’ll crop up now and then like Dick Cavett with some writing or on casual web shows and podcasts. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
When “The Late Show with David Letterman” goes away it will be the end of a unique perspective in late night comedy that is matched only by SNL (and their quite literal overlap at NBC for years) for innovation and creativity that built and defined what variety show broadcasting would be for the first real TV generation.
I only hope that enough of the next generation appreciates that.
“The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”—