S0… I’ve blinked and it’s September- and for the last two weeks I’ve been wondering in and out of writer’s block, an illness for which there is no cure, just a treatment of writers clichés. The would-be-writer is hitting hurdles on the bend toward the home-straight of university, and there is a distinct lack of numbers in the income column. But there is still music playing and I’m enjoying the writing talents of one, Aaron Sorkin.
See, my problem for a long time was I wont watch what I don’t like- meaning to say that I hate everything that I’m not interest in, verging on fickle. But, since reading the screenplay The Social Network I grew a relationship with Sorkin, he speaks freely and his pace is relentless; a perpetual-word-machine. You’re twenty pages in and still holding your breath, it’s great. But back to my problem- The West Wing; I have no interest in the goings on of the White House, or the relationships of presidents, congressmen and senators. I mean my political vocabulary stops at ‘general election’ after that it’s a series of z’s.
But- I’m now very aware of Sorkin’s writing, so I re-watch A Few Good Men, Moneyball, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and I’ve seen Social Network enough times to recite the opening passage (very pathetic, I know). But I walk past West Wing like its begging me for money. Then I get a reprise, The Newsroom starts to air on Sky Atlantic, immediately I’m like, Jeff Daniels- yes, Emily Mortimer- yes, Sorkin- yes. So I start watching…
What happens next is a series of low concussions, I’m knocked out by a bombardment of dialogue and political jargon that I can barley get my head around- but I listen on with bated breath. Before you know I’m researching the ”Tea-Party” looking into political candidates, problems with republican government and before you know it- BANG! I’m three episodes into the West Wing. What the f— …Is this Aaron in Wonderland?…He’s defiantly having his way with me.
As much as this is a blog entry about my problems with politics and my difficulty watching programmes that others suggest. It’s also a real appraisal (yes, another one) for the work of Aaron Sorkin, if you don’t like the films, then read the scripts and tell me they aren’t brilliant- but the magic is really in his TV work, slick, quick and very opinionated but well written nonetheless.
I highly recommend The Newsroom… yes, okay and The West Wing (..as I start episode four).
So pick up your remote and: