Charlie Rose is about the only “talk show” I watch on a regular basis. Not only is he a great interviewer, of guests that I’m actually interested in hearing from, but his show comes on PBS where I don’t get driven off by constant commercial interruptions. And his The Brain Series, featuring Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel, is an absolute “must see” for for anyone interested in one of sciences final frontiers: the study of the human brain.
The show even has a phenomenal theme song, which I finally found an embeddable version of after more attempts than I can count:
But of course it’s the interviews themselves that make this show so worth watching. Unfortunately, the best ones are usually too long for me to tax my readers with. Which is why I was so happy when this short clip from last night’s show was uploaded to the Charlie Rose YouTube Channel:
By the way, the show was about Woody Allen’s new movie To Rome With Love, with guests Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, and producer Letty Aronson. The “social media” bit evolved from a discussion about one of the characters in the movie, Leopoldo Pisanello, who discovers that he has somehow become one of the most famous men in Italy, with paparazzi plaguing his life at every turn.
The idea of Mr. Pisanello’s plight is particularly funny to me, in an embarrassing, “inside (my head) joke” kind of way. You see, when I first started this blog back in 2008, I rather naively thought that my quirky personality and outrageous political positions would make me very famous – if for no other reason than having lots of people wanting to see me strung up (hence the frequent references to “torches and pitchforks” in my earliest posts).
I even wrote, but never published, a post describing what I imagined being interviewed by Charlie Rose would be like. I looked for the text file for that post right before I started this one, but I couldn’t find it. I don’t actually remember deleting it but, considering my incredible “lack” of infamy, it’s not inconceivable that I did…
I want ice water.
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