January 14, 2012
LETTERS AT 3AM –
JAMES HILLMAN (1926-2011)
Austin Chronicle – January 13, 2012
Santa Barbara is a city on the California coast that teeters over the sea and will one day be submerged. What makes California California is that one lives in cities that know they are destined to die – a James Hillmanesque thought if ever there was one.
I’d ducked out of a conference in Santa Barbara to quaff a beer at a nearby bar. In walked Hillman. Never had I expected Hillman, with all his exquisite erudition, to step into a bar in the middle of the afternoon. Without a hello or a nod, he sat on the stool next to mine.
January 4, 2012
Sometimes it’s pretty good being a dad with some talented sons. First Matthew wins the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and now this!
is called “Man’s Best Friend.” If you want to know more about all of this,
you can go to www.mansbestfriendcommercial.com. There are direct links to all the places you can vote there (and you can vote once a day until January 29th if you want to.) Thanks in advance if you decide to vote, and feel free to pass this post around to as many people as you want to!”
[Bob again:] HE WON! At least, he made it to the top five. He has already been flown to L.A. by the Doritos people to go over some marketing suggestions (they also give them a $20,000 budget for marketing, as the top two commercials to be shown at the Super Bowl will be determined by votes on the web page he mentions above). They also fly all the five finalists to the Super Bowl. If Jonathan’s entry gets aired at the Super Bowl, USA Today rates all the commercials, and if his is chosen the best commercial, he will win a million dollars.
Obviously, even making the top five is quite an achievement out of 6,000 entries. It’s also a fun commercial and you’ll get a real kick out of watching it.
January 1, 2012
Michael Ventura’s “Letters at 3 a.m.” column for December 30, 2011. He calls it “What’s Your Sign,” but I have chosen for a headline the best of the signs he quotes.
LETTERS AT 3AM –
WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?
Austin Chronicle – Dec. 30, 2011