Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


2nd thoughts archive

Why I Left Theatre Part 2 — Fear

Maybe it's the cover of the latest issue of Wired that clunked its way through our mail slot yesterday, but I started thinking about fear in the shower this morning. Pretty quickly my thoughts drifted to theatre and what I didn't do with it since earning my two degrees. I'd be kidding myself and lying to you if I didn't admit that Fear played a ... +more+

October 20, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Theatre

Connecting the Unconnectable

I began the day with a not wholly original post on the dissolution of French identity, this time slanted toward the destruction of their revered fine food culture. Let's face it, the French have been decrying the dissolution of their culture (and by extension all the rest of Western culture) due to American insanity pretty much since de Tocqueville. That said, the Reuters entry is a thoughtful ... +more+

October 19, 2009 | 2nd thoughts

World Food Day

I think a lot about food these days. Maybe it has something to do with turning 40 or maybe I'm just a pawn of popular culture, but I devote more time than ever before to examining exactly what I'm putting into my body. I haven't read any of In Defense of Food: An Eater's ManifestoMichael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Mealsbooks or ... +more+

October 16, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Food

Saving the World One Letter At A Time

So, this being Blog Action Day, you'll find many bloggers going off about slowing down human caused climate change on planet earth. My favorite link so far has to be the one I stumbled upon to Ecofont, a font that slows down the resource drain of printing fonts by excluding itty bitty bits of ... +more+

October 15, 2009 | 2nd thoughts

Why I Left Theatre

If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience. - John Cage
Substitute theatre for music in the passage above and that's pretty much the problem I was facing back in the mid-90s. I wanted more experience. More life. And it had ... +more+

October 14, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Theatre

Insight Photography Project

I recently joined the board of InSight Photography Project based here in Brattleboro, Vermont. It's mission: "to provide local youth with a creative outlet away from school to develop a  visual language that will provide them tools to communicate with others while discovering something about themselves." Why did I join the board? Well, I keep telling myself that I want to do things, concrete things, for the ... +more+

October 9, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Vermont

Fred Friendly: Television God?

If you've seen the George Clooney flick Good Night and Good Luck then you already know something about Fred Friendly, Edward R. Murrow's co-creator of the 1950s CBS news show See It Now (George Clooney played Friendly). While in reality not quite a Clooney-esque heart throb, Friendly made his lasting impression on our culture carrying the torch of truth rather than Hollywood beauty ... +more+

October 7, 2009 | 2nd thoughts

What Festival Are You?

Every autumn a great thing happens in Brattleboro Vermont: just as the leaves change, as if on cue, there is the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Through the committed and and ardent work of a small group of devoted local literati,writers, and book fanatics, world class authors of every stripe descend on our small southern Vermont town for a week of readings, discussions, workshops, and ink stained elbow ... +more+

October 6, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Vermont

My Head In Paris

I confess. True all week. My head has been in Paris. Having to shout across the Atlantic has caused some difficulty being heard (much less hearing), but the sore throat is well worth it. More challenging still: seeing what I was doing each day, where I was going, what I was 'working on', what I wore, and what I was feeding the cat. Navigating Paris with just a head on the other hand wasn't ... +more+

September 25, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Spare Parts

Aeschylus versus James Ellroy

My Google quote for today:

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. - Aeschylus
versus James Ellroy plugging his latest, Blood's A Rover, on NPR. I've only read Ellroy's The Black Dahlia and on the basis of that book alone (read the book before you see the movie)  the guy deserves all the bravado and swagger he can muster. Listen to today's NPR ... +more+

September 22, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Books