The One Who Got Away

“I think I must be crazy, I’m so happy.”
– The tale of Slomo, the one who got away.

The New York Times has been pumping out web shorts they call “Op-Docs on their You Tube channel lately. Beautifully filmed and covering a wide range of people and ideas, some of them are setting the stage for longer docs to come while others are just simple yet insightful New York slices of life. In addition to the mini docs the channel regularly serves up a wide range of content: world news bytes,  recipes, tech reviews and street fashion editorials. While I have never read the paper in my life, I can only imagine it is a reflection of the print vehicle that has earned it such high-esteem over the past few decades. Shifting into the online space, one which is so driven by video, The New York Times has done an impressive job of adapting to the medium and turned its brand from being what I considered a far away irrelevant newspaper to a You Tube feed highlight with a global outlook that connects with my current interests as well as sparked new ones. Having wet my appetite with their cultural lens, I’m already thinking about when I can orchestrate a trip to this legendary urban destination.

Marina Abramovic Times Talk

Art is a combination of context and intention – Marina Abramovic.

If you are an artists and/or performer, it is rare to hear such clarity articulated on the process and outcome of art. There are eight parts to this talk with this being the first one.

A prime example of the kind of insigthful content to be found on  Times Talk, a side channel for the  New York Times on YouTube.  Featuring “real” conversation, talents and topics with an unreal series of guests  from all walks of the creative world, through a series of live interviews, well known auteurs and thinkers get a cushy hot seat taking questions from the NYT entertainment reporter pool. Focused primarily on the creative process, along with an in depth interview, there are audience questions at the end which often bring the most insightful reveals.