Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Wrote This: An Interview with 45365's Bill & Turner Ross

NEW YORK—Oh my goodness...I've actually published something outside of this blog! It's been a while...

My latest contribution to The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog is a brief interview I did with Bill & Turner Ross, the brothers who collaborated to make 45365, a mosaic-like documentary portrait of their hometown of Sidney, Ohio.

I hope you all enjoy the article...and I hope you all find a way to watch this movie. Because it's terrific: a formally daring, observant and empathetic piece of work. Who says small-town life in middle America has to be an object of ridicule? In 45365, the Rosses—to borrow an expression Herman Melville used in talking about Nathaniel Hawthorne—say no, in thunder.

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