#TBT: What Does It Mean, Halloween?

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: What Does It Mean, Halloween? Wisenheimer that I am, I posted to my Facebook profile the following thing over the weekend [November 2, 2010]: “In the midst of all this commercialism and partying, let’s not forget the true meaning of Halloween: the birth of Satan.” Which I mention because for a holiday for which there really is no “true meaning,” people sure do celebrate. I think in the past, it was a...

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Bourne With a Natural Talent for Being Audience-Oriented

I use the word "audience-oriented" a lot when I talk about content. For those who can't distinguish between being audience-oriented and "pandering," I refer you to Matthew Bourne. In his new interpretation of Sleeping Beauty: "I'm thinking of the audience when I'm making work, always. I'm not just pleasing myself." Like Jackie Chan, Bourne's mindset includes his creativity AND the notion of an audience who will ultimately be the recipient of it. Self-referential, self-indulgent, closed-room "creativity" might work, but if...

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