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September 24 2013

Entertainment Weekly publishes full Joss Whedon interview online. It's a good one.

Well timed to get some hits, especially for people who couldn't buy the issue in print or digitally.
But it is an amazing interview.
Now if I could just remember what it was that I wanted to see in there.
These bits:
Somebody once asked me if I have anything like faith, and I said I have faith in the narrative. I have a belief in a narrative that is bigger than me, that is alive and I trust will work itself out. [Buffy star] Sarah Michelle Gellar once said, “I’m not sure where we’re going with this [story line],” and I said, “You don’t have to trust me, trust the narrative, we’ll find our way back.”


We use stories to connect, to care about people, to care about a situation. To turn the mundane heroic, to make people really think about who they are. They’re useful.


We create to fill a gap—not just to avoid the idea of dying, it’s to fill some particular gap in ourselves.


I don't have words for the depth of the resonance within me upon reading (and re-reading) these things. Joss Whedon, you are a shaman.
/agree Kiba. I read this in print form and love love loved it to bits.
I have so much to say about this wonderful interview that I want to mull it over & post more later.

But right now - this is why I love this man so much: his clarity of vision (though I doubt he would say that), his precision of expression, his humor, and despite everything, his obvious love of humanity. I love his bleak optimism. I find it oddly inspiring.

Joss always makes me want to - and causes me to - make art. Than which almost nothing is better... except maybe making art with loved ones and friends.

(And good job, James Hibberd.)
except maybe making art with loved ones and friends.


Or making love with artful... wait...!
On top of some art. #PaintedSheets or #CuddlyStatuary
Hrmph. Feeling a little silly for paying $2.99 to get this on my iPad a couple weeks ago...

Nah. It was worth it. I particular loved:

My stories do have hope because that is one of the things that is part of the solution—if there can be one. We use stories to connect, to care about people, to care about a situation. To turn the mundane heroic, to make people really think about who they are. They’re useful. And they’re also useful to me. Because if I wrote what I really think, I would be so sad all the time. We create to fill a gap—not just to avoid the idea of dying, it’s to fill some particular gap in ourselves. So yeah, I write things where people will lay down their lives for each other. And on a personal level, I know many wonderful people who are spending their lives trying to help others, or who are just decent and kind. I have friends who are extraordinary, I love my family. But on a macro level, I don’t see that in the world. So I have a need to create it. Hopefully, that need gets translated into somebody relating to it and feeling hope. Because if we take that away, then I’m definitely right. I want to be wrong, more than anything. I hate to say it, it’s that line from The Lord of the Rings—“I give hope to men; I keep none for myself.” They say it in Elvish, so it sounds super cool.


This made me happy and sad at the same time. So beautifully put.

Also:
He quoted LotR on the fly. He quoted the APPENDICES of LotR on the fly. *Nergasm*
@Ara - it's in the movie too. 01:38:23 of the extended RotK DVD.
What a wonderful interview. Kudos!

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