Steve Brodner
May 2009
Burris Himself Alive


Roland Burris is a fellow, we now know, who leaves nothing to chance.  He has actually supervised the creation of his own monument, extolling the legend that he, at this moment, is still busy creating.  Today he was asked why he didn’t mention, during the impeachment hearings for Blagojevich, that he had discussed money with the governor’s brother in the negotiations over getting the Senate seat.  He replied, “It is not upon a person to go out of his way on anything.  It is the person who has to ask the questions.”

Hope he likes it where he’s going.


I kid you not.  Here it is.  “Trail Blazer” it says.  He is, actually.





 Wendy Keys' fascinating doc, Milton Glaser: to Delight and Inform is worth seeing, either here at the Cinema Village, or in your home or classroom later.  You don't get as much of Glaser the essayist as I'd like, but you get generous amounts of Milton's art and thoughts on his life.  A word that keeps coming up is "commonality".  He uses it early on to describe art's power to bring people from different corners of life together by having a shared narrative and aestheic experience. To me, a beautiful idea and a dream that infuses me everyday.  Later he uses it to refer to the commonality of his work, that his different media and "styles" ( a word we both hate) share and all inform each other.  It's good to see Steve Heller, Walter Bernard and Katrina V.H. on the big screen.  No Mirko as I could tell (although he's fondly talked about). No Seymour nor Sorel (but pix of them as "kids").  It's all Uncle Miltie's show and a great one it is.

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Mastering the i-Phone "Brushes"
Happy to report successful results with the i-Phone's "Brushes".  With a little practice anyone can make great drawings on this app. All you need is an i-Phone, a pencil and some strong industrial or duct tape.  Simply tape the i-Phone to the pencil; this provides an ingenius art-handle that can also play music, show films and make phone calls while you work. Now locate a piece of paper.  Apply graphite to the paper.  To erase simply turn the i-Phone upside down. It's fast, simple and fun!

PS: I understand the Jorge Colombo had a problem with his app; the tape broke and he had to finish the piece with his finger.  A darn good job, I'd say. Rick Meyerowitz grabbed my i-Pod touch and did this of your very obedient kvetcher last night. 

Me by Rick
PPS: To check out Ken Smith's beautiful i-Phone art click HERE.

The Irony of Satire
In the Irony of Satire, an Ohio State University study, it was found that conservatives, when polled, took Stephen Colbert seriously.  This, along with Barry Blitt’s famous New Yorker cover, begs the question, “Who is this thing we do really for?       Anyway?”  
Irony is a literary device going back at least to Cervantes.  Caricature goes back to ancient Egypt.  Not to be aware of the quiet wink of satire is to be untouched by Swift, Twain, Waugh, Moliere, Perlman, Gilbert and Sullivan, The Marx Brothers, Bob and Ray, Terry Southern, etc, etc, etc. So here are people unreachable by clever.  Millions of them.
Conservatism is not stupidity. They number some of the great intellectuals of history. Today many brainy conservatives in business and media make out very well by their philosophy. I’m speaking of the others.  The masses of Palin-eolithics who vote for a fear-based agenda even if it hurts them.   It seems they are affected by a belief-system that doesn’t allow for irony.  We all have belief systems but what is it about satire that doesn’t violate the belief system of the left that, to the right, bounces like a hammer off a very hard rock?

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