“When something becomes cool, it almost immediately becomes uncool, it’s like a vicious circle, except it’s not that vicious, it’s just a circle”—A 15 year old female from Liverpool on how she defines cool. Via youth researcher Ruby Pseudo (via somethingchanged)
Rabbi Scott’s office. A few minutes later. Larry sits tensely hunched.
LARRY: And she wants a gett. A long silence. The hum of ventilation. At length:
RABBI SCOTT: A what?
LARRY: She wants a —
RABBI SCOTT: Oh, a gett. Uh-huh, sure.
LARRY: I feel like the carpet’s been yanked out from under me. I don’t know which end is up. I’m not even sure how to react; I’m too confused.
RABBI SCOTT: What reasons did she give? For the rupture?
LARRY: She didn’t give — reasons. Just that, oh, you know, things haven’t been going well.
RABBI SCOTT: And is that true?
LARRY: I guess. I don’t know. She’s usually right about these things.
RABBI SCOTT: Mm-hm.
LARRY: I feel so addled.
RABBI SCOTT: Yes, I can see.
LARRY: I was hoping that… Rabbi Nachtner…
RABBI SCOTT: That he would… yes?
LARRY: Well, with the benefit of his life experience… no offense — Rabbi Scott chuckles.
RABBI SCOTT: No, of course not. I am the junior rabbi. And it’s true, the point of view of somebody who’s older and perhaps had similar problems might be more valid. And you should see the senior rabbi as well, by all means. Or even Marshak if you can get in, he’s quite busy. But maybe — can I share something with you? Because I too have had the feeling of losing track of Hashem, which is the problem here. I too have forgotten how to see Him in the world. And when that happens you think, well, if I can’t see Him, He isn’t there any more, He’s gone. But that’s not the case. You just need to remember how to see Him. Am I right?
He rises and goes to the window.
… I mean, the parking lot here. Not much to see. It is a different angle on the same parking lot we saw from the Hebrew school window… But if you imagine yourself a visitor, somebody who isn’t familiar with these… autos and such… somebody still with a capacity for wonder… Someone with a fresh… perspective. That’s what it is, Larry.
RABBI SCOTT: Because with the right perspective you can see Hashem, you know, reaching into the world. He is in the world, not just in shul. It sounds to me like you’re looking at the world, looking at your wife, through tired eyes. It sounds like she’s become a sort of… thing… a problem… a thing…
LARRY: Well, she’s, she’s seeing Sy Ableman.
RABBI SCOTT: Oh.
LARRY: She’s, they’re planning, that’s why they want the gett.
RABBI SCOTT: Oh. I’m sorry.
LARRY: It was his idea.
RABBI SCOTT: Well, they do need a gett to remarry in the faith. But — this is life. For you too. You can’t cut yourself off from the mystical or you’ll be — you’ll remain — completely lost. You have to see these things as expressions of God’s will. You don’t have to like it, of course.
LARRY: The boss isn’t always right, but he’s always the boss.
RABBI SCOTT: Ha-ha-ha! That’s right, things aren’t so bad. Look at the parking lot, Larry. Rabbi Scott gazes out, marveling. … Just look at that parking lot.
I think this is a great example of how something like HitRecord can work. This song wasn’t created through HitRecord, but I think it follows the same ideas. A guy named Alias who had always been a hip hop producer in the past had created a full 10 track album but had no lyrics for the project. He was based in Oakland, it happened that a girl in Brooklyn heard his music and decided to record vocals to the whole thing, and actually before even talking with him about it. When she was finished she sent it back to him. He loved it so much that he put it out in album form called Brookland/Oaklyn. I think it highlights the best possible way that a project like this can work in terms of collaboration with others.
I would be interesting hearing from Marke, how something like photography could be used in what HitRecord is doing.