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Wank Fest #1: Rick Cleveland and the making of In Excelsis Deo
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From: lidbit91 Date: November 28th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

...continued

So at the moment, I'm still in school, but would eventually like to work in television, my end goal being something akin to what Sorkin does (you know, fingers crossed).
I completely understand Sorkin's desire to write (almost) every episode himself, and it's one of my favorite aspects of the show. I find it admirable because, yes, it’s obviously a lot of work, but I think that when tv shows have a consistent voice throughout every episode, it ends up working a lot better than shows that don't. And say what you will about Sorkinuity, but he basically always stays true to the characters, which is frankly the most important part of a show.
So I sympathize with him, because I think if I ever had my own show, it would really be hard for me to have any of the episodes be written by other people. Although I don't really feel the same way about his class/substitute teacher analogy. I sort of think that's just his way of being nice about the fact that he doesn't really trust other people to write the show. I would imagine that being the creator/showrunner of your own show is somewhat like having a child, and I think that it's a natural inclination to want to protect that child and to think you know what’s best for it.

Having said all that, I don't really know what was going through Sorkin's mind during all this. It seems like a profoundly stupid thing to do, but at the same time, I can kind of understand the post being sort of an unedited, initial reaction to things that were being said about him.
I know he's done a lot of bad things, and I know that he's said a lot of bad things, but... he's an artist. Many of the good ones aren't exactly the same people who you would invite to babysit your kids, you know what I mean? He's kind of crazy, and he's kind of an ass, but in the end, I find that (when he's not using his work as an attack on those who’ve offended him) his work and his talent counteract his... assholic tendencies.

Ok, this went really long, and I doubt anybody really cares what I think this much, but God knows I could go on for days, so... sorry.
skywaterblue From: skywaterblue Date: November 28th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ...continued

I know he's done a lot of bad things, and I know that he's said a lot of bad things, but... he's an artist. Many of the good ones aren't exactly the same people who you would invite to babysit your kids, you know what I mean? He's kind of crazy, and he's kind of an ass, but in the end, I find that (when he's not using his work as an attack on those who’ve offended him) his work and his talent counteract his... assholic tendencies.

I agree with the sentiment in practice. A lot of artists have self-destructive tendencies. It would be one thing if he was just a drug addict -- a lot of addicts have made amazing work in their thrall. We have pity for people who get caught up in drugs. The problem with Sorkin seems to be that his dysfunction isn't really the drugs but the rage and bitterness he keeps holding on too.

A lot of artists do roman a' clef work, but Sorkin's the only one I can think of at the moment so blatantly continuing to spew venom.

My advice to you if you want to pursue a career in any type of art, however, is not to piss people off. Do not do what Sorkin is doing to his career. The only reason Sorkin continues to work is because he's so fucking talented that people are willing to put up with this for the chance to make a lot of money. Most people will never be as naturally talented as he is or as lucky.

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