I'm a Writer/Segment Producer/Correspondent at
VH1.com and VH1 News. Sometimes I write things for HelloGiggles.
I also perform and teach improv comedy at the
UCB Theatre and perform in Los Angeles with the group Reuben Starship.
Writer Ned Vizzini died Thursday at age 32 in New York, the city’s medical examiner has confirmed. Vizzini committed suicide.
Listen: I know we’re all very busy giving a shit what a human dreadlock thinks about gay rights and misinterpreting the First Amendment and yelling yelling yelling, but can we promise- during the difficult holiday season and beyond- to call out for help when we need it, and to work on our listening skills so our friends’ calls for help don’t whiz right past us?
Get help. Give help. Listen. Talk. Live.
An incredible talent and - from what I’m reading from people who knew him - a wonderful guy. My heart aches for his wife and son.
Unfortunately, the place where our first creative ideas go to die is the place that should be most open to them—school. Studies show that teachers overwhelmingly discriminate against creative students, favoring their satisfier classmates who more readily follow directions and do what they’re told. Even if children are lucky enough to have a teacher receptive to their ideas, standardized testing and other programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top (a program whose very designation is opposed to nonlinear creative thinking) make sure children’s minds are not on the “wrong” path, even though adults’ accomplishments are linked far more strongly to their creativity than their IQ. It’s ironic that even as children are taught the accomplishments of the world’s most innovative minds, their own creativity is being squelched.
Last night I took the bus into San Francisco from Sausalito to see the incredible Anna Von Hausswolff perform at the Rickshaw Stop. After the show, I walked a friend over to Civic Center BART, ate a fast food snack, and then headed to the 70/80 Golden Gate Transit bus stop at…