Unique is only the first word that comes to mind when thinking back on Jonathan Demme's job interviewing Werner Herzog at the Times Center last night, but the most intriguing part of the evening (for me, anyway, having interviewed Werner on two occasions) occurred during Dennis Lim's brief demonstration of the Moving Image Source, the miraculously well-organized journal/research hub/film culture wet dream that launched yesterday to much acclaim in the blogosphere. Dennis walked us through the various articles, the categorical archival system, and the site's video content before some old lady voice called out from the audience:
"What about people who aren't computer savvy?"
Dennis, ever the charmer: "Excuse me? I don't think I can take questions now."
Which was the right thing to say, because the proper answer to such a hopelessly obvious query wouldn't fit such a jovial occasion.
Can we start taking bets now on which disgruntled old media critic this might have been? Then again, maybe we don't want to know. Encounters at the End of the World indeed.