Youtube teaches me something about writing.

Posted by @ 5:00 pm on April 17th, 2011

Above is video of the reaction of José Saramago to the filmed version of his book Blindness.

Said film got mixed, but mostly negative, reviews. Saramago reacts to it by wiping away tears.

“Didn’t he notice? Couldn’t he see what all the folks on Rotten Tomatoes saw? Did he have a blind spot for his own work? Did his ego throw a towel over the bad and only give him the ability to see the big budget, the marketing campaign, the big stars, the ‘serious Hollywood business’ that his book became?”

This feels cynical. Feels to me like the thing that is there in the greatest of artists is a surplus of gratitude. Like maybe we should all acknowledge all engagement made by anybody with the sort of gratitude that makes one tear up like that.

Like maybe when someone takes the time to make a movie of our work, good or bad or whatever, all we should feel is gratitude.

Like maybe when someone reviews our work, good or bad or whatever, all we should feel is gratitude.

Maybe if we were better people, we’d feel nothing but gratitude. Maybe if I was a better person, I’d feel nothing but gratitude.

I wish I was a better person. Youtube makes me wish I was a better person. I might be a better writer then, too.

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