Life in Hollywood, below-the-line

Life in Hollywood, below-the-line
Work gloves at the end of the 2006/2007 television season (photo by Richard Blair)

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I wish I was a good enough writer to come up with one of those deep, soul-searching Thanksgiving posts expressing what this holiday really is -- or should be -- all about. But I'm not. Anything I put up here today would come across as preachy, maudlin, or soaked in a sepia-tinted nostalgia for a past that certainly wasn't as good as my memory seems to think.

So I'll stick to posts about cable, lights, and the occasional moments of grace that flash like distant lightning across the parched brown hills overlooking Hollywood. Today, I leave the heavy lifting to one of my own favorite writers, Jon Carroll, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He's been writing those columns for a long time now (somewhere between twenty and thirty years, I think), and has a way with words I can only dream of. Jon wrote a great column in today's Chron on the real meaning of Thanksgiving -- just eight hundred words or so, but well worth your time. Seriously.

You know what they say on TV -- read it with someone you love.

And have a wonderful Thanksgiving...


Doug R said...

I'm a day or 2 late for TG, but I just wanted to thank YOU for your blog and your writing. Doing as I do the odd bits of union extra/stand-in work here and there, I particularly enjoy your technical and behind-the-scenes essays, but I also really appreciate the heart and passion you bring to the blog. You're one of my "MUST" check-ins, on a weekly if not daily basis. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and best wishes for the holidays and (one hopes) plenty of good paying work (for ALL of us, for that matter) in the time to come.

Michael Taylor said...

Doug --

It's always great to hear from some of the regulars here, but I find it particularly gratifying to receive such a glowing comment from someone I had no clue was even out there. I'm glad you like what you find at BST. Thanks for tuning in, for making the effort to comment, and for the good wishes.

I'm with you all the way -- may we all enjoy fat times to come...