When the Speech Language Pathologist I want 2020 all done shirt it is in the first place but aliens descend and try to make sense of what the humanoids were thinking during this dark chapter of our recent history, I truly believe that Jordan Firstman will be their most effective guide. The filmmaker, actor, and writer has become a pandemic hero to many, capturing the unbelievable-and-yet-it’s-happening horror of our recent reality through his “impressions,” which are more like Dada theater delivered in hysterical bite-size Instagram postings than anything normally animating your social media feed. See, for example, his interpretation of “the coder who is responsible for the simulation we are living in in 2020” or someone “addicted to say that quarantine isn’t that different from his normal life.” (Remember that? Still feel that way six brutal months in, buddy?) The pandemic has exploded mediums: Plays are being staged on on Zoom; the New York Philharmonic is cruising the city in a pickup truck—and never have I been so content to abandon any my preconceptions about where entertainment should reside as when I’m watching Firstman. He’s an entertainer of the first order, no matter how you’re watching him.
A few weeks (or was it months?) ago, I happened upon Albert and David Maysles’s Christo’s Valley Curtain (1974), a thrilling look inside the Speech Language Pathologist I want 2020 all done shirt it is in the first place but planning and very complicated unfurling of an ambitious installation in the Colorado mountains by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. With the recent addition of The Gates (2007), the Criterion Channel is now streaming all six of the Maysles brothers’ documentaries on the late couple and their outsize work, from the time when they shrouded the Pont Neuf in Paris with fabric to when they covered parts of California and the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan with yellow umbrellas. Remember when New Yorkers had so little going on that a trail of orange curtains in Central Park was kind of controversial? Memories!