Archive for October, 2011

words on addiction

October 5, 2011
Okay maybe I'm on a bit of a Russel Brand kick, but this is a pretty good bit on addiction (in his "For Amy" blog entry) and I just watched a thing about prohibition and how it did little to prevent alcohol consumption:

I was myself at that time {when I first met Amy] barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction. All addicts, regardless of the substance or their social status share a consistent and obvious symptom; they’re not quite present when you talk to them. They communicate to you through a barely discernible but un-ignorable veil. Whether a homeless smack head troubling you for 50p for a cup of tea or a coked-up, pinstriped exec foaming off about his “speedboat” there is a toxic aura that prevents connection. They have about them the air of elsewhere, that they’re looking through you to somewhere else they’d rather be. And of course they are. The priority of any addict is to anaesthetise the pain of living to ease the passage of the day with some purchased relief.


more of the amazing interview

October 1, 2011

From 11:09

I've never interviewed anyone who's quite as animated when speaking as you are. Do you ever worry you're going to burn out?

Well, I'm going to die, so yes

We're all going to die

Yes we're all going to die –so yes I do worry

I was just looking at this Oliver Stone remark that you're burning with a very very high flame and will you be able to keep it up?

I don't think that's something I can necessarily control I mean if I speak a little more meekly and balance this on my lap I still think the spectre of death will loom, the icy hand will still land upon my shoulder, perhaps you know a couple of hours later but you know i don't want to get all Kerouac about it but it's quite good to blaze about 

But do you think this could–that you continue at this level?

I hope not because I'm utterly bored of it! 

Are you?

I want to ascend. Yeah I don't want to be here for much longer–not towards you, you're lovely and fantastic and it's a thrill to talk to you but I don't want to dwell here with such trivial things for very much longer 

You mean you seek death?! No you don't–

Not death, but between now and death it would be everso nice I think if I were able to achieve something that was be truly valuable, some evocation of beauty and togetherness some exposure of the illusion of separation and some connection between people. Perhaps use this energy for something better than 

Something more worth while

One would hope–that's my deepest wish

Do you have any intimation of what it might be?

Yes. We are making this documentary currently about, on the subject, of fame and consumerism and the way that we're sold these ideas and these narratives and the way they keep us dumb and the way that I myself was seduced by it growing up in Essex and thought "Ah yes I want to be famous" and now I am famous and what does it mean–ashes in my mouth–so I want to communicate this idea to people that are aspiring to it, culturally, specifically wanting to become famous but also similarly through the purchase of endless brands, the purchase of different ideas, Kerry Katona of Iceland you know I momentarily sort of thought Kerry Katona it doesn't matter how much negative publicity she attracts she will still–Iceland will still use her because of the familiarity it's still appealing it's still attractive but, and I'm above that culturally because I'm you know I'm above Heat magazine I've read a few books but like y'know if Robert if there was two aftershaves on a shelf but one of them's got Robert Downey Junior's face on it, that might be an appealing aspect to me, so I would like to somehow expose, in myself and explore within myself and culturally the possibility of us aspiring to greater things. Someone told me once that all desire is the desire to be at one with God in substitute form. So perhaps we can draw attention, not to the shadow on the wall but to the source of light itself

Crikey, transcription is slow work when you’re not a pro

October 1, 2011
I did the last minute of this interview and it took for ev-ah (starting at 13:36):

Interviewer: Do you believe in God?

Russell Brand: Yes

I'm really surprised. Do you have any –have you always believed in him? Do you worship? Do you go to church? What do you do?

I–I pray and I meditate and I try to align my desires with things that are less selfish and it's an ongoing struggle because of the egotism and the needs in me and stuff but I'm just trying to be a better person

What do you think we should aim for then?

I think that we should try to examine the things that we are using to make us happy. This pursuit of celebrity, of wealth, of status, this consuming of products, this ignorance towards ecological and economical matters and try, and aspire, to something more beautiful, something more truthful and honestly I'm not a like a, as you must have noticed, a politician or a theologian but–

No, you're not the Messiah either but–

One would hope not–but perhaps if we were all in tune with more beautiful things we wouldn't prioritize such peculiar peculiar ideas and notions, perhaps if we can popularize, through the techniques of branding and consumerism a different idea a different narrative perhaps the world could change. After all it changes constantly and incessantly it's just that the perceptions that we have are governed by people with self-interest that are not in alignment with the health and safety of us as individuals or as a planet

Blimey–Russell Brand thanks for–

That's the end of my interview?

It is, is that enough?

Haha–there's so many more things to be said, we've barely started on the film, we've not done any offensive language [going through the paperwork]