Saw it at the Arclight last night. I had eagerly anticipated it, as the book literally changed my life 21 years ago. I was “turned on” to it in summer school at Otis School of Design by a fellow teen student. At the impressionable age of 16, I found my dream life in the pages of that book. All I wanted to be was Edie. I thought she was the coolest chick ever. I never made it to NYC until long after I’d stopped partying, but I did my best to emulate her and crashed/burned pretty damn quickly. Fast forward 21 years, and the movie version had quite the opposite effect. I left the theater grateful I hadn’t wound up like that, getting raped and robbed by dealers, rejected and abandoned by “friends,” scaring off the one true love, etc. It was a long and brutal end to a briefly fabulous life. My freind was really upset to have seen it, not knowing anything about Edie. But she said it strengthened her resolve to not end up like that, so perhaps it was a way of being of service.
Please go see it! It’s really very entertaining, educational, inspirational and lots of other good stuff. I managed to get tickets to the screening where Al Gore himself was around to answer a couple questions after, and that was really neat. The movie’s website is www.climatecrisis.net and on it there’s a ton of info about how each one of us can help slow global warming. I’m already doing what I can by subscribing to Green Power from the Los Angeles Dep’t of Water and Power. for only about $3 more per month, all my electricity comes from renewable sources. Not directly, of course, it just means they funnel more investment into them. Like the fields of Stirling-engine powered solar collectors they are installing now, which have zero emissions and are more effective than any other type of solar electricity device, including photovoltaic panels.
So you too can call up your power company and ask if they have green power. It’s so much easier than trading in the Hummer for a Prius, don’t you think? ;-P
What a great film. I thought it was just going to be about Lake Victoria, but really it’s about all the people affected, both directly and indirectly, by the Nile Perch fishing industry in Mwanza, Tanzania. It was an excellent film to help prepare me for my trip, as Mwanza and Arusha are both large cities, with the sorts of problems large cities often have.
In other news, I’m going to try a new trick to rid me of the character flaw I refuse to let go of. Instead of being enraged by the fact that pretty much nobody in LA knows how to drive, I’ll just remind myself that being angry isn’t going to make them better drivers. All it does is make me hoarse. I calmly face all manner of atrocities going on in the world by simply focusing my energy on what I can do. If I can’t do anything about it, it’s not my problem and I need to ignore it. But if there is even a little bit I can do to help, well, I do that, instead of sitting around bitching about it. Serenity prayer in action, cutting through traffic like a hot knife through extra-crunchy peanut butter.