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Date Posted: 06:17:04 01/30/06 Mon
Author: manwitch
Subject: Re: Never say always
In reply to: Jane 's message, "Re: Never say always" on 15:50:05 01/29/06 Sun

Well, I think education helps. A lot of actors and actresses are dumb as posts. The fact that Buffy is once in a life time doesn't mean that other work you do won't have value. I mean, the same is true for Joss. When his obituary is written, he's gonna be "the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer." And we can talk about all the wonderful intelligent stuff he continues to write, but Buffy is qualitatively different and was the pivotal point of his career. Joss Whedon is perfectly capable of continuing to do great work, much that will be perhaps more meaningful to him or in terms of what he is attempting, better executed. It is unlikely that the stars will align in such a way that he has the good fortune to produce something else of the cultural significance of Buffy. The muse is only part of it. Buffy was the right idea, with the right collection of people, at the right moment in our cultural history.

Schumann wrote great music, but Beethoven's music was culturally significant. Stravinsky wrote music, some of it quite good, all the way through the 1960s, but he is remembered for 1917s(?) The Rite of Spring.

So SMG should continue on. You never know. But it seems sad to fail to appreciate one's participation in a work like that. She's not well educated and probably doesn't understand the intellectual depths that her character and that show probed. Whedon is well educated and does know. But he's gonna keep trying to solve his own problems, pursue his own interests. From their perspective, its largely about self-expression anyways. Einstein still had thoughts to express, long after the idea we remember him for. (Which was, incidentally, "When I hear of Schrodinger's cat, I reach for my gun.")

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