Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today We Are (for the Umpteenth Time) Obliged to Be Romantic

This morning I made for my lovely wife the most romantic Valentine's Day card in the history of Valentine's Day cards. I offered to take a picture of it (so she could do that thing where people brag about their relationships to friends and strangers on Facebook), but she said she'd just keep it to herself (because, I guess I should admit, the card I made was WILDLY inappropriate for public consumption).

So instead of publicly sharing the most romantic and inappropriate Valentine's Day card in the history of Valentine's Day cards, I will once again post the most romantic poem ever, which I composed for my incredibly amazing and thankfully un-romantic wife from the first lines of thirty of the (apparently) most romantic poems ever written in the English language.

Enjoy.

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Jobs, New Directions...

Art-making is a difficult addiction to maintain.

I've managed it by taking a number of jobs:
  • Industrial Reforestation (half a million trees planted!)
  • Animatronic Movie Prop (film & TV extra)
  • Carb & Sugar Delivery Agent (Olive Garden Server)
  • Bum-Wiper (daycare worker)
  • Baby Boomer Boredom Reliever (home renovations)
  • Lion, Tiger, and Bear Duster (house slave for a big game hunter)
Et cetera. 

And although I've always tried to apply myself, I've yet to take a job that uses the skills of my craft (primarily writing) in a way that engages me on the level of the things I care about most deeply.

Until now.

I've recently been hired as a consultant with SIL LEAD, a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local, community-based organizations use their own languages to improve their quality of life. 

I love it! 

Although I'm not actually out there in the thick of it, I now have the chance to use my writing to serve people in marginalized communities around the world in a way that respects and affirms what they have to offer. No imperialist aspirations for me, no sir!



I posted my first blog post on the SIL LEAD website this morning. It's called "It's Not a Good Meeting Until Everyone's Been Heard," and I think you might dig it.

I have a limited tolerance for internet-time and SIL LEAD will be taking up a lot of it, so it's likely that (for the time being, at least) this site will become more of a repository for career-news than anything else. Consider this an invitation to head over to the SIL LEAD website and join me as I help give a new voice to marginalized communities.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Taking Stock

Not saying I feel this way all the time, but...

Taking Stock (2017) from Duncan Cowles on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Top Ten Favorite Films of 2017 (and more)

To repeat last year's top-ten statement: this is not a Best-Of list, because ranking art is silly. These are just the films I watched and liked most, and that I felt were fine exemplars of their respective genres. My favorites this year tend toward comedies and tentpoles. What can I say... It's been a year worth escaping.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

THE MAD FARMER, FLYING THE FLAG OF ROUGH BRANCH, SECEDES FROM THE UNION

By Wendell Berry

From the union of power and money
From the union of power and secrecy,
From the union of government and science,
From the union of government and art,
From the union of science and money,
From the union of genius and war,
From the union of outer space and inner vacuity,
The Mad Farmer walks quietly away.

There is only one of him, but he goes.
He returns to the small country he calls home,
His own nation small enough to walk across.
He goes shadowy into the local woods,
And brightly into the local meadows and croplands.
He goes to the care of neighbors,
He goes into the care of neighbors.
He goes to the potluck supper, a dish
From each house for the hunger of every house.
He goes into the quiet of early mornings
Of days when he is not going anywhere.

Calling his neighbors together in to the sanctity
Of their lives separate and together
In the one life of the commonwealth and home,
In their own nation small enough for a story
Or song to travel across in an hour, he cries:

Come all ye conservatives and liberals
Who want to conserve the good things and be free,
Come away from the merchants of big answers,
Whose hands are metalled with power;
From the union of anywhere and everywhere
By the purchase of everything from everybody at the lowest price
And the sale of anything to anybody at the highest price;
From the union of work and debt, work and despair;
From the wage-slavery of the helplessly well-employed.

From the union of self-gratification and self-annihilation,
Secede into the care for one another
And for the good gifts of Heaven and Earth.

Come into the life of the body, the one body
Granted to you in all the history of time.
Come into the body’s economy, its daily work,
And its replenishment at mealtimes and at night.
Come into the body’s thanksgiving, when it knows
And acknowledges itself a living soul.
Come into the dance of the community, joined
In a circle, hand in hand, the dance of the eternal
Love of women and men for one another
And of neighbors and friends for one another.

Always disappearing, always returning,
Calling his neighbors to return, to think again
Of the care of flocks and herds, of gardens
And fields, of woodlots and forests and the uncut groves,
Calling them separately and together, calling and calling,
He goes forever toward the long restful evening
And the croak of the night heron over the river at dark.

Monday, December 4, 2017

a new short from ABDUCTED director Ben Joyner...

As we move closer to the shoot date for Ben Joyner and my short film ABDUCTED, I'm stoked to be able to share with you the short documentary, "I Have Something To Tell You," which Ben lensed and co-directed.

Wife-Hannah and I saw this short with Ben when it played the Austin Film Festival and found it quite moving. Check it out. Enjoy.

I Have Something To Tell You from Ben Joyner on Vimeo.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

MUDBOUND

My wife and I saw and loved MUDBOUND at the Austin Film Festival this year. It's now on Netflix and select theaters, and I highly recommend it.

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