Tuesday, July 19, 2011

is it even broad-spectrum

New laptop should be coming in tomorrow! Thank god. Having to schlep over to campus every time I need to type anything is getting old, old, old. And yes I know, first world problems etc., but it's doubly annoying when you need reliable computer access to make a living. I can't exactly send handfuls of scribbled-on notebook paper and coffeeshop napkins over the Mojo Wire in 2011, you know.

Anyway, I've been busy with tech work, first for a one-act festival at Load of Fun here in B'more, then for High Zero's Worlds In Collusion experimental music festival at Artscape. I had a nice chat with HZ organizer John Berndt about how he finds performers to book - he told me that he looks for people who cut through his cynicism and sweep him up into whatever they're doing. He likes being a fan, I think, and I just got done listening to the audiobook of John Waters' Role Models, a volume entirely dedicated to his numerous deviant fandoms - Johnny Mathis, outsider pornography, Tennessee Williams, etc.

But then Max Garner's "Sphere: The Thelonious Monk Story" has a section where Thelonious is laughing at his beatnik fans who thought he was "their Dalai Lama or something." Would he have had more respect for his white, beret-wearing fans if they'd been more detached, less obvious about how much they respected his music? Do all performers look down on their more dedicated fans, even as they feed on their support?

Speaking as an artist and a fan of other artists, I'm with the two Johns (and Patton Oswalt, who's been championing nerdery for years) - I like it when my interests excite me, even to the point where I come off looking like a mark or somehow (gasp!) uncool for it. And I think jadedness as an affectation is boring, really, even if it is considered more appropriate for working artists/writers these days.

Anyway, time to log off here and get back to my book. I finished a couple of books yesterday, and will be posting about those next time.

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