The Michael Cunningham and James Franco YouTube Conversations
While I'm working on scrubbing up some of these artist interviews I wanted to share something I came across yesterday: a series of YouTube videos of conversations between Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist) and the ubiquitous (albeit deservedly) James Franco. First, videos like this are totally my speed; interesting creative types chatting, even under the knowing watching of the camera, captivates me. Since we're going to be talking a good deal about artists and the best ways to teach and cultivate young artists, this particular video in which they discuss writing and MFA programs appealed to me. In it Cunningham makes some thoughtful and some curious remarks. You should certainly watch the whole thing (it's only five minutes long and has some hilarious moments) but here's a snippet:
We've got two parcels here: first, a really lovely comment about teaching writing (and, honestly, a beautiful way to capture what it is to cultivate artists) and, second, this fairly questionable assertion that "no one questions people's right to go to art school or film school or acting school."...to which I can only respond, Really, sir?If you've seen my About page, you'll know that the title Stay Out Of School is not actually an attempt at being wildly provocative so much as a direct reference to David Mamet's book True and False in which he advises young actors specifically to "stay out of school." I don't see a reason to go for the jugular here, but I'm wondering-- does every discipline think that it's the only discipline in which instruction and guidance is vilified or scoffed at by outsiders?
Please weigh in.
--------------------------Note: I originally saw a related episode posted on Vanity Fair.com.