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WWJD? - A little less than a happy high
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WWJD?
No, I’ve not found religion on you. Ok, well maybe. There are times I have such an intense reaction to a piece of art that it can seem almost visceral. I can feel the joy or awe or fear that the work inspires physically. I feel a tingling on my skin, or the hair on my nape rise. Here is work that has expressed the ineffable. There is a presence in it, a spirit perhaps, that speaks to me so profoundly that for a moment, life seems hardly able to contain itself.

I just got that feeling while reading an interview with Julie Taymor. An interview. Gods, but this woman is brilliant.

I've promised myself I’m going to start making decisions based on what I think she would do. In case you’re worried, this isn’t some misguided impulse of fandom. Rather, it stems from the simple fact that her thoughts and her works inspire me. She is someone who has found her voice, and as I take my first steps towards finding mine, it feels right to nurture similar impulses in me.
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canonfire From: canonfire Date: July 15th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I could be reincarnated, I'd like to come back as Julie Taymor.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2004 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'd be happy as someone who occasionally sits in the same room and listens to her talk.
From: ex_sjc Date: July 15th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you ever get a chance to peruse Playing With Fire, do so. A retrospective of all her work, up to the film version of Titus.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2004 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I haven't seen it yet. I first saw her speaking on PBS during one of my insomniac bouts and was just blown away.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 15th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Again, I ask you, which is the greater? Your love for Julie Taymor or your hate of Disney? I think the stage version of The Lion King is calling you...
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2004 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course I want to see it.
komos From: komos Date: July 16th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Then again...

As though Disney wasn't bad enough, the Opera House restoration was bankrolled by Clear Channel Communications. At the rate this is going, I'll be compromising just about all of my principles for the sake of a spectacle.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 16th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Then again...

That's it. I'm getting us tickets.
komos From: komos Date: July 16th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Then again...

I'm going to have to beat Will Eisner to death live on air while shouting every expletive I can think of.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 20th, 2004 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Then again...

You still haven't given me a date preference (or told me you don't have one). Please do... I'm in town from 8/13 till 8/30 and it's playing every day but Mondays (the 16th and 23rd).
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 16th, 2004 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Then again...

I'm gonna be back in Boston from 8/13 till 8/30 and it's playing every day but Mondays (the 16th and 23rd). Any preferences (matinee or evening, date)?
thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: July 15th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, come on... which interview and where can I get it?
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lion Queen from this week's Phoenix.
thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: July 16th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Grazie.
guitarcries From: guitarcries Date: July 15th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get those same types of feelings from music more often than art, but I know exactly what you mean.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're largely one and the same in my mind. That reaction is by and large responsible for my now eighteen year old love affair with Bjork.
guitarcries From: guitarcries Date: July 15th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bjork is awesome.. I keep meaning to buy one of her CDs. Her song "All is Full of Love" is on some movie soundtrack I have, and I love it.
komos From: komos Date: July 16th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Homogenic. Probably some of my favorite work which marries the best elements of Post with the maturity and experimentation of Vespertine.
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