tough shit-kevin smith

“Celebrities can be boring enough without the help of an even less imaginative profiler. They criticize you for making a movie that’s been done before, yet they write the same, lame three-act profiles over and over again.” (113)

“He turned out to be the unhappiest, most bitter and meanest emo-bitch I’ve ever met at any job I’ve held down. And mind you, I’ve worked at Domino’s Pizza. I signed up to work with John McClane but spent the whole flick directing Mikey, the talking baby, minus the Scientology serenity of Kirstie Alley and John Travolta.” (66)

for whatever reason, i’ve met a fair number of celebrities in my day. i can’t say that i’ve ever really been starstruck, except with kevin smith. he came into roots kids when i was working on robson street and he walked in. nobody was more surprised than me that i opened my mouth to greet him and i was tongue-tied. i’d met robin givens the week before and it was like she was my oldest friend, i’d exchanged pleasantries with scott speedman mere minutes before, and i had had a three-hour coffee date with bokeem woodbine within the month. but i was at a loss for words with silent bob. who knew. this book was recommended by a customer who claims that he sold strombo his first computer, and this interview was the only one that i happened to catch when he went to cnn for that summer.

“There are likely more pictures of me standing next to Jason Mewes in existence than there are pictures of me standing next to either my wife or child. That’s because Mewes has always been both to me: me and child. As Jay and Silent Bob, we’ve been professionally married for years; privately, he’s been the son I never had or wanted.” (159)

during that interview, he was talking about how his dad died in screaming pain. it was pretty vivid and horrible. but it just goes to show the family (chosen or otherwise) means the ongoing choice to sustain relationships, no matter how hard things get. but i suppose the power and the pleasure of a chosen family comes in the foundation that you’ve come together out of choice. i hate the idea of family as obligation (whether real or imagined) and that’s why i no longer subscribe to it. and i’ve been rewarded a million times over with those who i have chosen, and those who have chosen me, even when they’re on a bit of a conveyor belt.

“Remember: It costs nothing to encourage and artist, and the potential benefits are staggering.” (139)

“Always be a big included, kids; exclude folks and you’re excluding their possibly good ideas as well.” (73)

here here.

libraries used: annette street

crafty shoutout: to ladeebee supplies for hosting a great gnome-felting workshop

most consistent resto award: pho huong in the junction

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