One of the driving forces behind this blog is the use of our library system here in St. Louis. I’m writing this piece from the reference area of the branch that’s just a short walk from my work. The hold shelf had five requested DVDs waiting for me, and it’s hard to complain about such an easy way to access movies and books. I’m amazed when I talk to adults that haven’t visited a library in many years. It’s easy to get into a habit of buying books and renting movies without realizing there’s such a valuable local resource. What made me think of this topic is the personal story “How the Public Library Turned Me into a Reader” by Claire Fallon at the Huffington Post. She was a “library brat” who would come home with loads of books after each visit, and I remember similar experiences from my childhood. I’m trying to do the same my daughters, and we’re definitely on the right track so far.
Here are some other interesting blogs and podcasts that are definitely worth your time:
Stalwart indie director Joe Swanberg has found more success recently with films like Drinking Buddies, but it’s hardly a profitable life to work in this realm. His interview at Filmmaker with Esther B. Robinson delves into the challenges in even making a living as an indie filmmaker. It’s an honest look at why it’s so difficult to get movies made apart from the studios. Video on demand is helping the cause, but there’s still a long way to go before guys like Swanberg can get out of debt and live more comfortably.
Despite some minor advances for actresses in getting prominent roles, it’s still quite challenging especially if they want to break the mold. Zoe Saldana spoke to The Telegraph about being considered “old” at 36 and being unwilling to take generic roles in Hollywood. Her candor at the continued hypocrisy in the business, especially when it comes to actresses, is surprisingly refreshing. I’m hoping this approach will lead her into more interesting roles beyond the blockbuster sphere. Her mindset could make things tricky at times with old-school executives, but I expect it’s going to lead to great things.