Sunday, October 25, 2009

schmutzie quits smoking

About a month and a half ago, Schmutzie quit smoking. Since we're married, I get to see all the crazy technicolour effects in person: confusion, irritability, hopelessness, irrational bursts of joy and time dilation. I went through the experience eight years ago, when I decided one day that I no longer needed tobacco. I think the P@xil helped.

Anyway, it occurred to me the other day that I had a) an inquiring mind, and b) a cheap camcorder. Our conversation revolved around two subjects: her overweening ambition to rule the world and her fear of death. Usually this makes for a Genghis Khan-like tyrant mowing down a subcontinent, but in Schmutzie's case it's rather inspiring.

Here she is talking about quitting smoking:

And here's a longer disquisition on creativity and blogging:

Extra footage courtesy of

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dk said...

she's such a lovely Genghis Khan

Sheryl said...

Thank you, those were lovely. I really enjoyed them.

ozma said...

Well, if anything I'm more in love with Schmutzie than ever. And I didn't that was possible without my heart EXPLODING.

Also, she convinced me. I want to live now. All those fun things you can do. And what the hell.

(And yay for the no smoking. I just started quitting smoking. But not nicotine. Quitting nicotine will be harder, obvs.)

i am the diva said...

YAY Schmutzie!!

also, i love the La-la-la's at the end of the second piece. :D

Leslie said...

Schmutzie is inspiring. Thanks for posting these.

notquiteawake said...

Fantastic. Really. I really enjoyed watching those. I miss talking to you guys.

savia said...

Schmutzie is an awesome interview subject, to be sure, but I also loved your mad editing skilz, Palinode. Glad to see you're back into filmmaking :)

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

Love. So much.

Deb said...

sooo good.