9.8.16 // Last week’s spread, dedicated to my best friend on her birthday, Gene Wilder (RIP), and the kind kind soul at the bagel shop who let me come back later to pay for my breakfast when I forgot my wallet #PayItForward ✨
Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, 1920
Rockwell Kent spent seven months living in a goat shed on Fox Island off the coast of Seward, Alaska. During that time, Rockwell and his 9-year-old son refurbished the cabin and sketched together. The sketches made their way into a journal published in 1920.
“It seems that we have…turned out the beaten, crowded way and come to stand face to face with that infinite and unfathomable thing which is wilderness.” - Rockwell Kent
“Ace In The Hole is known as one of the most cynical movies ever made—a vicious, noir-inflected attack on tabloid journalism and its corrosive effect on society, and the soul. In Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas), a former big-city newspaperman who lands at a small-time Albuquerque daily and sinks his teeth into a story that will return him to prominence, Wilder offers a hero no more esteemed than the venal opportunists of any other noir. In doing so, he throughly dismantles the romantic image of journalists as ink-in-the-veins truth-tellers. Instead, he presents a breed of human being that acts out of self-interest, not some larger sense of social responsibility. Chuck’s instincts as a storyteller are impeccable, but counter to his ostensible mission as a reporter: If a story doesn’t fit the narrative he’s framed for it, he’ll manipulate it until it does. And if a man suffers needlessly as a result? His fault for putting himself in a predicament.”
Our current Movie Of The Week is the film that broke Billy Wilder’s winning streak: Ace In The Hole, a caustic, cynical look at the media circus and the public that buys into it. We began with yesterday’s Keynote, and continue with today’s staff forum.