My apologies to Frederick Wiseman — they sent me two magazines in last week’s New York Times and I needed a guardian spirit for my notebook and I got a little carried away.
The profile these images came from — “What if the Great American Novelist Doesn’t Write Novels?” is well worth reading. It reminded me of the Ross Brothers and the film editor Walter Murch.
The words I mutilated went like this:
He sees himself, he told me, like an artist who makes work from found objects, except in his case, the art is assembled from found events.
Many of Wiseman’s films are on the Kanopy streaming service and the new one, City Hall, is streaming on PBS.