Pillowfaces for all public radio hosts!
Ira Glass plush pillow.
Ira Glass teaches you how to make balloon animals while answering teenage girls’ questions about love.
Complement with Glass’s answer to the grown-up question of how to find success in creative work.
Morning there. Let’s start today with an Ira-Glass-animal-balloon-making party, shall we?
I think they’re cheap. I think it’s a cheap move. Even in The Sopranos, when they did that extended long dream sequence, I just feel like it’s a cheap move. Even on shows I like — Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos — it never, ever works for me. I feel like you’re trying to show us the character’s feelings through means that you should just do in scenes that are happening in reality. A TV drama is already a made-up world, and then you have to create a made-up world within the made-up world, I just feel like they always feel obvious. And I hate symbolism.
Monday: Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass talk about their new film, Sleepwalk with Me.
Have fun with @thisamerlife until Tuesday, Internet! They’ll be running this Tumblr here for the next few days.
CubeDude Ira Glass (by MacLane)
Seems like our Tumblr audience would want to know about this: This American Life is hosting a live show on Thursday night which will be beamed live via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters around the US and Canada. (So you don’t have to be in NYC to go.)
Act 1: Get your theater tickets here
Act 2: Drive to theater
Act 3: Ira Glass, David Sedaris and pals entertain you with radio, film, music, stories and dance.
Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. You know, the guy from This American Life. You know, the guy from This American Life. You know, the guy from This American Life. You know, the guy from This American Life. They’re cousins. They’re cousins. They’re cousins. They’re cousins.
This American Life
In this show, we return to people who’ve been on This American Life in the last ten years, whose lives were drastically altered by 9/11, including Hyder Akbar, an Afghan-American teen who moved to Afghanistan after his father was tapped to become governor of Kunar province there.
This American Life’s Sept 11 show.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
— Ira Glass (via nefffy)
This week on This American Life: A drug court program that we believe is run differently from every other drug court in the country, doing some things that are contrary to the very philosophy of drug court. The result? People with offenses that would get minimal or no sentences elsewhere sometimes end up in the system five to ten years. [full episode description here]