Who is the auteur? The Hollywood Reporter revealed that two members of the spot’s Portland Oregon-based ad agency had been Obama volunteers in 2008 although it is unclear what input, in any, they had in the concept. The ad itself was directed by 36-year-old David Gordon Green, the earnest oddball regionalist (in films like All the Real Girls) turned maker of stoner action comedies (most recently Your Highness). The only personal touch would seem to be Green’s goofy sanctimoniousness and lyrical feel for derelict rural landscapes, although it’s a bit uncanny that his first movie, the 2000 indie production George Washington would have as its hero a silent, self-contained black kid with a justified sense of destiny, nicknamed for the first president of the United States. “Halftime in America” seems to be one of these presents that America gave to itself.
Alright. Having established that the Bros. Dickman also had a hand in scripting “Halftime in America,” mind truly madly blown to read that David Gordon Green directed the spot. I enjoy how Hoberman calls Green—back-handedly?—an auteur. Is Hoberman’s book out yet? The one that expands on an essay in Artforum? Readers—I am shrivelling before you. My brain. My fingers. Etc.
I should list the things I felt this evening while looking at the dog:
the unbearable lightness of being
stoic, stiff-upper-lipped, because of the articles on the BBC in my lap
vegetarian—it’s um an upper-class feeling; the lower middle-class can experience it, too
shock at the misery that comes upon me like a coat, with the simplest memory, misery towards agony, it can make you stop walking and say things aloud; yesterday I said, “I can’t get this sleep right!”
Helsinki, also a book on my table, on loan
fury: in critique today, Pavel noted that my pieces have similarities, or are extensions of each other; in that, I know my aesthetic is consistent: I said, “I have one mode, really, and I’m always mining the same vein,” e.g., “the exilic consciousness” (also from the BBC articles): that I was stuck
run-down from running, but I do run quickly, and a lot