“Look, man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is?”
David Foster Wallace, 1991
OFF JERSEY — The Buddhist in me (he’s very small) says that if you think something hard enough you can make it happen. Certainly that’s the way it feels with bad news these days.
I remember when I was taught to drive by the Young Drivers of Canada they explained how you have to look at the eventual destination, off around the corner as you turned it. If you stared at the big concrete post that you were turning around, you’d hit it every time.
So my hero of the week is definitely Pedro Almodovar, the brilliantly wacky Spanish director, who this week said something along the lines of “everybody should just cheer up! There’s so much beauty in the world, why can’t you just enjoy it!” Hats off to Pedro.
The top ticket of the week so far on the 2009 Communications Directors Forum has definitely been Dr Wolfgang Seidl who spoke yesterday about ‘The psychology of stress’. I didn’t see it, of course. I was doing a competing session in an overheated disco just down the Promenade Deck. But my friend Pete Stevenson of The Edge Picture Company was there and he’s promised to help me through the 12-step programme.
I can’t help but be happy about that.