Ethan Casey is a Seattle-based international journalist, frequent public speaker, and author of Alive and Well in Pakistan: A Human Journey in a Dangerous Time (2004).

Monday, February 13, 2006

Mutual admiration dept.

My former Blue Ear colleague Tim Walker in Austin, Texas had very kind words for this project on its very first day of real existence:

"I've long taken it as an axiom that one thing the world needs more of is Ethan Casey's journalism. Ethan's an old friend and colleague; I was for several years a proud participant in his brainchild, Blue Ear, which helped me develop my writing chops as much as anything in my life. The good news is that Ethan's now online with a blog that's more than just a blog. It bears the hallmarks of his international experience and, above all, his thought. The man actually thinks."

This of course prompted me to visit Tim's blog, which he calls "TW's Outboard Brain". Tim actually thinks too, and is a very talented and principled writer who deserves to and will be a presence in American and world letters for many years to come. Another sample - Tim quoting the actress Uma Thurman, from a recent interview in Esquire magazine:

"It just comes back to being present and having a tremendous work ethic and accepting failure as a necessity for learning. None of it's final anyway. When it works, it's not final, and when it fails, it's not final. There's always another move."

Good advice for me to take to bed with me tonight (nearly 1 a.m. here in England as I write this), since lately I've been experiencing more failure than success. None of it's final anyway!

Thanks, Tim.


Robert Nagle said...

Uma Thurman made a profound observation on beauty in a fashion magazine I picked up a few years ago in a doctor's office.

She said something to the effect that she was no more beautiful than your average waitress. This wasn't merely celebrity modesty; it was her recognizing that perception of beauty depends on context; when you go to movies, you are there to admire the aesthetic qualities of everything on the big screen; when you are at a restaurant, you are taught not to ogle the waitresses (not for too long anyway).

TW said...

Thanks for the good words, Ethan!