Archive for December, 2009

“Note to Self”

December 30th, 2009 No comments

2009 was dedicated to making massive change on every level.  Will 2010 hold more of the same?  The pursuit has made me feel more alive than any time I can ever remember.  My mind felt as if it were shot out of a canon, and my skin tingled as if the nerve-endings had been attached to a live wire.  I had no idea where I was going when it started.  All I knew at the beginning of the year was that if I didn’t change, I would die.  You’ll forgive the dramatic turn of phrase, but I felt the “diamond bullet,” as Colonel Kurtz put it in Apocalypse Now, the moment of binding pain, beauty and clarity that turns everything on its ear. Read more…

Best Wishes for 2010!!!

December 27th, 2009 No comments

Here’s to a new year!

And a new decade!

Such possibilities…

“William, Tell”

December 24th, 2009 No comments

As 2009 draws to a close, and my thoughts are turning to the direction of 2010, street arrows seem to be looking bigger than ever.  There’s an interesting relationship between suggestion/command and choice going on here.  And some lovely abstract art, of course.

My time in London years ago aroused my interest in street signs.  The many “Look Left/Look Right” signs saved my life on several occasions.  Perhaps the arrows around New York have a similar purpose for me now…

(Please note, these are not my photographs.  Thank you to the original photographers.  I would credit you, but I did not find your names.)

“‘Tis the Season”

December 20th, 2009 1 comment

musingsThough there’s thankfully less holiday bunting this year than usual, it will certainly not slow down our mad belief that we are somehow to be happy because, well, it’s happy season.  As a child who endured one Christmas more miserable than the next, I always felt like Exhibit A that this was, in fact, the least wonderful time of year.  And what I found particularly horrifying was the idea that I had to buy gifts for people who couldn’t stand me. Read more…

“The Clock Ticketh”

December 17th, 2009 1 comment

musingsI was doing a guest spot on a tv show this week, and every few hours or so my part got smaller due to time restraints.  This is the nature of these things, and I don’t take personal offense.  Only once in my life has a guest role gotten bigger, and that was a somewhat alarming experience.  In that case, after my first day, I got home and was sent “new pages,” which generally involves some minor tweaking of lines and stage direction, but what arrived was a three page monologue, wherein I basically explained the entire episode.  (So much for “show, don’t tell,” but there you have it.) Read more…

“White Collar”

December 13th, 2009 2 comments

whitecollarI’ll be filming a guest spot on USA’s “White Collar” this week here in New York.  My friend Willie Garson is in it, which makes it doubly fun, though I don’t know that we’ll have any scenes together.

Anyway, I confess that I’ve yet to see a full episode of the show, but I’ll watch a few episodes today and get up to speed.  There’s little more embarrassing, or inconsiderate, than arriving on set not knowing who anybody is, or what the tone of a show is.  On the set of my first job, an episode of “Law & Order,” I barely knew anything, and I ended up asking some pretty dumb questions.

My only concern is that the lead actor’s eyes might actually be the color they’re claiming they are in the poster and that I’ll end up being blinded…

“Stop, Thief!”

December 12th, 2009 No comments

The Mineralava MusingsAs I sat in the lobby of New York’s Public Theater I noticed two people laughing.  It was my good fortune to have been to the Public twice in one week, and I recalled that on my previous visit, then, too, people were laughing.  And I thought, “The lobby of the Public Theater is a remarkably happy place.”  It was so strong a feeling that I wanted to share it.  I reached for my phone to call someone.  But as I slipped my hand into my pocket a woman shrieked, and I was distracted. Read more…

“Vox Populi”

December 8th, 2009 No comments

The Mineralava MusingsAs I lay in bed last night I was struck with an idea for a book.  As with all ideas that visit in the wee hours, it was sheer brilliance.  So, as any great person does, I got to work on it right away, in my head, in bed.  Getting up would have been such a bother, and surely such a stroke of genius would stay with me until morning.  Didn’t Melville write “Moby Dick” twice?  And didn’t Joyce write “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” after tossing “Stephen Hero” into the fire?  Greatness stays with you.  Best to stay warm. Read more…

Mercedes Benz VO

December 6th, 2009 No comments

Some voice work for Mercedes Benz…

“Insert Brain A Into Mouth B”

December 5th, 2009 1 comment

The Mineralava MusingsWhen I was in high school a kid came back from winter break with a shaved head and a scar on his scalp.  In one of my greatest asshole moments I looked at him, laughed, and said, “Whadya do?  Have your brain replaced?”  He looked back and coolly replied, “I had a brain tumor removed.”

I have felt bad about this ever since. Read more…