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BYOB – The Political One (Nomination By Proclamation)

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8 Responses to “BYOB – The Political One (Nomination By Proclamation)”

  1. mutinyco says:

    Did anybody else catch Addicted to Love being played after Clinton’s speech? At first, the image in my head of Robert Palmer and those identical mannequins as his backup band seemed out of place at a political convention. But then again, it was Bill Clinton…

  2. IOIOIOI says:

    The Rising being played is rather apt.

  3. christian says:

    Gotta say, Bill delivered. And Kerry RAWKED. Biden kept it short, sweet and passionate. For the first time, I feel we might have a shot against the GOP.

  4. Cadavra says:

    Christian, never underestimate Americans’ willingness to vote against their own best interests. If Obama does manage to triumph over the smears, election fraud and race-baiting, few on this planet will be more surprised than me.

  5. LexG says:

    If Oboring could wrap that speech up by 8pm pst tonight, it would be much appreciated. Tired of this shit throwing off my tv schedule.
    Since I doubt he’ll be brief, what’s the best guess on how long he’ll go over? 20, 30 minutes?

  6. Chucky in Jersey says:

    I smell a homegrown “Triumph of the Will”.

  7. LexG says:

    OK now I thought of something that would OWN.
    Yeah, that speech was admittedly pretty good by just about any objective standard… But when they were showing the audience all enraptured I thought of some shit that would RULE.
    Like imagine if some candidate was up there just owning the audience like that, giving this brilliant inspirational speech and the faithful were out there crying and energized…
    That would have been an AWESOME time to do something cool like ask out Jessica Biel or some shit. HELLS YEAH. Like dropping all your Talking Points and FREEDOM and CHANGE and WE DESERVE BETTER and GOVERNMENT GOVERNMENT blah blah blah.
    Then he could just be like “Jessica Biel what the fuck is up hotness??? Jessica Biel, RECOGNIZE!” Or like blah blah blah, “HEY ROSARIO DAWSON, want to go to Outback Steakhouse? YEP YEP.”
    Good idea.

  8. christian says:

    LexG, can’t you just TIVO all that awful TV pap that is crowding out your actual brain?

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon