jiro dreams of sushi:
the thing is, politics is really super boring. as don draper says in Mad Men: “politics, religion, or sex. why talk about it?” (and then he bangs his wife).
despite this, i’ve noticed that tweeting/updating your status with something even vaguely political, bizarrely gets more interest/likes than anything else. i posted this on facebook the day before the elections: “dear (not fellow) americans: please either don’t vote, or vote for the lesser of two evils. and please unfriend me if you vote romney. you are a maniac. love, arnab x”
that dumb update got 82 likes. 82!!! for me, that’s insane. even my “classic” pizza slice joke only got 30-something: “i love pizza slices. my favorite thing about a pizza slice is that it points in the direction that it’s supposed to go… my mouth <)”
sure, i have political views. but like most people, i’m also an idiot who doesn’t have enough knowledge to discuss them. mainly because when i try to read about them, my brain gets tired and sleepy. and when i try to talk about them, it quickly becomes apparent that i’m a moron.
so i will leave the political talk to those who know about it. instead, i will talk about crying, sushi, and documentaries.
when asked about being able to cry on cue, a close actor friend of mine once said: “it’s not crying on cue that’s hard. what’s hard is trying not to cry all the time.”
i liked this, but for most of my adult life, the opposite has been true. i have never been able to cry. whenever i would start to, i would find the whole thing so ridiculous i would start laughing. “why cry?” i’d think. “what the hell does that solve??” and i’d continue chopping my carrots. nowadays, however, if i’m watching a film, and anyone in the film overcomes absolutely anything, i cry. toy story 3 destroyed me.
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a brilliant documentary i watched a few days ago about an 85 year old, 3 time Michelin starred, Japanese sushi chef named Jiro, his sons, and his pursuit of perfection. i didn’t cry watching it, as his journey of overcoming things had mainly passed, and this documentary was more a swan song about him and his philosophies about life. but it was beautiful. and unlike most politics, it was inspiring.
do watch it if you like good things. you should really buy the dvd, or watch it here on youtube before it’s taken down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JorsEExDnMc
oh, and by the way, if you did vote for romney, i wasn’t kidding with my status update. unfriend me. i’m serious. why are you still reading this?