errol morris is the reason i know about temple grandin. temple grandin is a person that both strombo and i are fascinated by. i saw errol morris in the red chair last year during george’s TIFF innerviews-because tabloid was going through the circuit. dood complained that morris was weird, evasive, playing with him during the innerview, and now that i’ve read a whole book of innerviews with him, that spans well over two decades-i can see why. the two men are quite similar. they are consummate interview-ers, and thus, kinda shitty interview-ees. both follow their own script, are very well-read and driven by their musical background, and are kinda jerky-in the best possible way.
“I love commercials, unreservedly. The haiku of the West. And I like to think of consumerism as the most effective preventative to genocide yet devised. When someone shows up at your door and asks you to hack your neighbor to death with a machete, you’re less likely to do it, if you have prior plans, say, to go and buy a DVD player.” (101)
“Nor should I be protecting my subjects from themselves. If they are ridiculous, why can’t I show that? Does it make the other humans nervous? Am I writing ad copy for some kind of television program on Neptune on why the human race should be allowed to continue, and have to show us to our best advantage?
I make enough commercials without having to turn my movies into them. I make my living from directing television commercials and have probably directed over a thousand ads in the last ten years.” (126)