Saturday, January 05, 2013

Stories of meticulous work- Weiner on Seinfeld & Green on a pickpocket artist

There were two pieces of recent feature writing that seemed to group together with both about performance artists and the meticulous work put into their crafts.

For the New York Times Magazine, Jonah Weiner wrote "Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up" on the comedian. It's remarkable reading about the hours and effort Seinfeld puts in to comedy when he financially wouldn't have to work another day of his life. From the amount of time that he works on perfecting jokes to his internet video series "“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Seinfeld definitely puts in the hours to be great. This is shown very well by Weiner in the piece and also included was a fair amount of background history on the comedian's formative years and where this approach developed.

The piece of writing that seemed closely related was also on a performance artist with "A Pickpocket's Tale" on Apollo Robbins. For the New Yorker, Adam Green wrote a profile on the Vegas-show and corporate gig performer and similar to to piece on Seinfeld, it's interesting to see what a performer puts in to make their show look effortless. Also fascinating from the piece was Robbins on the larger idea of human attention and how it relates to something like pickpocketing.

The pieces from Weiner and Green were both just excellent in-depth looks at two performers putting in the work to be exceptional.