Jan 14, 2008

The This Divided State guys have launched the website for their new film, Killer at Large. Check it out here.

I had a nice lunch with Bryan and Steve while they were working on this, and the discussion was lively and enlightening. My money's on this one being well worth your time.
New York magazine has a quick but pithy Q&A with David Mamet, and I highly recommend it. Not the least of the reasons being for this exchange:

You also directed a Ford commercial. Why?
I did it for the money. Why do you think I did it?

And you needed the money that badly?
Well, it’s nice to have, because you can buy things with it.

So the whole business of “selling out,” you think it’s bullshit?
No, of course it’s not bullshit. One is faced with that every day. All of us. What’s a moral choice, what’s not a moral choice, and so forth. Somebody even more pedantic than I might say that that’s the whole question of drama: How does one make a moral decision? And further, that a moral decision is not the choice between wrong and right—that’s easy—but between two wrongs.
Mamet's a true iconoclast, and one of the most insightful writers working today. His next film, Redbelt, takes a look inside the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and will, if history is any guide, be fully awesome.

(I cross-posted this, mostly, with my Slant Six blog, which you should all be reading and linking and passing around)

Jan 9, 2008

Those of you who have known and/or read me for the past 3-4 years know that I'm a veteran when it comes to writing about the presidential primary process. Crazy as it sounds, I actually got paid to do it last time (albeit not much). I correctly predicted Howard Dean's rise (though not his fall) and I correctly predicted Wesley Clark's entry into the race (though not his ineffectiveness).

I've been able to read the tea leaves pretty well. I don't necessarily do a better job than any other observer, but I think it's safe to say I do at least as well.

So now that I've digested the Iowa and New Hampshire results, here are two things to take to the bank. They might be the last things I have to say about politics for a long time.

1. Clinton will get the nomination.
2. She will lose to whoever the Republicans send up in the general election.

Politics lag behind business. What people want out of products and services doesn't match up to what they want out of candidates. I'm not sure why that is, but it definitely is.

In business, the the thing is to be exceptional. Be fresh, be new, be better.

In politics the exact opposite is true.

I don't believe this downward march is endless. But I don't think, unfortunately, that we can yet see the finish line.

Also: I desperately want to be wrong, and will sing it from the hilltops if I am.