Over at kottke.org, Jason Kottke suggested a Kickstarter to get Jay-Z to rap all of the “99 problems” gags on Twitter. This dovetails weirdly with a thing I was thinking about last night.
Ever heard someone say that Morgan Freeman could read the phone book and it would be interesting? Well, ladies and gents, we need to apply some empiricism to that statement. And since phone books are made up artifacts of this “past” we tell our kids about, I think we might also need some other super-boring fodder. Routine maintenance. Crop numbers. Transcripts from particularly egregious business presentations.
Off the top of my head, I would want:
Dame Judi Dench
Ian McKellen (can you fucking imagine?)
Etc., etc. I think that there are a whole lot more people who would be relevant or fun or great. You’d want vignette-length pieces, maybe 5-10 minutes depending on subject matter. Enough for ambience, not so much that it goes all stupid.
Thinking more about this as I write, I think I’d like to see creation on both ends of the spectrum. So not so much found poetics within boring tracts – instead, a constructed “boring thing” that has some hooks for the performers to riff off of.
So that’s it. I might think about what the trailer would look like for something like that.