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Archive for July, 2014

The 400 Blows Photo Project

Apologies to my millions of followers for never updating this blog ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been working in Paris with Ted Walch, who teaches drama at Harvard-Westlake (you can see this amazing tribute the school paid to him last month here) and Philippe Thimel, who has an encyclopedic understanding of Paris, to do a photo project.

We’ve been running around this city taking nearly every outdoor shot from The 400 Blows, matching them as closely as we can. We look at the shots on an iPad, match the focal length and location as best we can, and snap modern equivalents. It’s striking to see the differences and similarities between Paris in the 1950s and today.

We’re still deciding what to do with them, but we’re considering a book or something. To learn when they are available, sign up for updates!

Take a look at the three teaser photos here:

The original shot

The original shot

The shot today

The shot today

Composite

Composite

A counterpoint to ideology

Cross-posted with The Huffington Post

It was actually pretty fun

It was actually pretty fun

I watched the fireworks after watching monster trucks and motocross racing in Pomona, surrounded by many people who think differently than I do. In this time, I had occasion to think about ideology. While it is easy to disdain blind nationalism and patriotism, I think it’s important to remember a few things about ideology.

Ideology is overly broad. It simplifies arguments, obscuring inconsistency of thought and differences between individuals. It provides security and community at the expense of this simplification.

It is possible to minimize the role of ideology in thinking, approaching each problem fresh, but a change in thinking is a threat to our feeling of integrity. Our past decisions place the weight of consistency on our identity. As Emerson said, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” When a person is free of the need for consistency, they are free to make better decisions.

I will try to hold ideology in lower regard. Similarly, I will try to see opposing ideologies not as impenetrable forces or specters of disaster, but as political phenomena co-existing with other, more fine-grained political phenomena. Because it is in between these imagined entities of ideology that most political action actually takes place.