Where there's smoke, there's usually fire...
Quote of the Week
“With the possible exception of romantic love, nothing drives human narrative as often and as forcefully as the quest for justice. In the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the nature of the universe usually comes down to how a story answers one simple question: Even if they are rich and powerful or poor and disenfranchised, do people get what they deserve in the end?
Over and over, in literature, film and television, we tell ourselves that the answer is yes.
Mysteries are solved, often at the eleventh hour or decades later, through the miracles of technology or cleverly induced confession. The bubbles of money and privilege are burst revealing the craven humans within who are then punished. The wrongly imprisoned are freed, the wrongly accused exonerated. Either way the truth is known, order and faith restored.
None of which is likely to happen here.”Mary McNamara, from her excellent column in the LA Times on the increasingly sordid mess of the Bill Cosby affair.
So I'm posting it, if for no other reason than to get it over with so I can find something else to chew on for a while. Feel free to ignore the following and skip down to the bottom (where some good stuff awaits), or yell at me if you disagree -- I think we all have some bile generated by all this, so go ahead and vent if you need to.
I'm doing this one for me.
Everybody has a demon or two under their skin, and maybe a few skeletons in their closet. We're all human, and thus highly imperfect. We say and do stupid, hurtful things that -- later, hopefully -- cause us to feel shame and regret. That doesn't seem to be happening in this case. I suppose that's understandable -- if these charges are true, admitting it would completely destroy whatever's left of Bill Cosby's career. If not, then he's in an utterly impossible position.
I don't know what the truth is here, but it seems yet another icon of my generation turns out to have feet of clay. Or is it mud?
Pelecanos has some very interesting and useful things to say about life, writing, and working on set. Unlike so many writers, he has a deep respect for those of us who together do the heavy lifting necessary to put his words on screen. There's a lot in this interview -- enough that I listened to it twice.
And although it's a little late at this point, Happy New Year...