Admittedly, not everyone wants to go to the coasts (I've been told repeatedly how cutthroat it is), and so there are growing opportunities around the country for those who look at what it might take to make it in Hollywood and proclaim, "Well, screw that." Unfortunately, those areas are still privileged as more spectacular and innovative and are given a special prestige that other areas aren't. However, there are really cool people who live in NYC and LA and choosing not to go out there limits the people you could work with, the people you could meet, the life you could live. The space you lives in shapes you, perhaps not always in ways we realize, and perhaps in ways that are so obvious we don't consider it.
Clearly I've spoken before about my issues with space and culture, especially in terms of celebrity culture. I continue to ponder about why it matters so much that we don't have many "global" celebrities from Minnesota or why celebrities don't often come here for things. We are certainly not the only part of the world this happens to. But it's funny to think that, really, even though I live in the same country as half a bajillion celebrities, my chances of ever meeting them are really no better than that of someone living in Europe or Asia. There are 7 billion on this planet and yet I still I have the audacity to think that it could happen (sort of quoting the rapper Watsky there, but you get the idea).
I could ramble on about why there's such a draw to go to different cities (global cities, my suburbia professor might call them), but I'm going to assume that I'm not the only one who's longed to live somewhere else, somewhere where the "action" is happening, whether that refers to more activity in terms of work, people, or just general cultural iconic perception. I still want to live in London - mainly because I love London and also because it seems beautiful and fascinating and wonderful. But I also remind myself that some of the things that occasionally drive me to live elsewhere - feeling trapped, feeling bored, wanting to escape something - are things that aren't going to disappear entirely just because I live somewhere else. My environment may influence me, but so do the people around me and my mindset. Moving will not magically change anything. However, I still plan to live abroad eventually (much sooner rather than later, I reckon) because I'm restless and I like traveling. But I also have a greater appreciation for where I am now than I had just a year ago.
Minneapolis is a pretty amazing city. This has been a growing realization as a more permanent
The gloating sort of thing for the city is that it's gathered some attention - perhaps not from other parts of the US (it seemed the NY Times and other such publications were silent on the whole show) but The Guardian ran a little piece about it, especially as Rylance was the artistic director of the Globe Theater for ten years (excuse me, I need to freak out right now). The point is, Mark Rylance has been very quickly added to my list of favorite actors and I've realized that, despite the predominant focus on our big global cities, things are happening in my city. Sure, they're not the sorts of things that are going to show up on E! news or anything like that, but it's awesome in its own right. And this isn't even accounting for all the local bands, the experimental theater, the other amazing stuff that's going on but will never get the same press coverage and exposure because of... well, that's a different story, a whole argument about a sort of divide between "indie vs. mainstream" but I'm just going to hold off on that tension until Saturday, when I finally tackle the hipster vs. fan argument.
Also, I think if I keep going on, I feel like this might arrive at a urban vs. suburban vs. rural debate which, as much as I'd like to talk about that, I'm not up for the challenge right now. And this post is already ridiculously long. So I'm going to stop talking and leave you with one of the best kept secrets of Minneapolis - the musician John Mark Nelson. I saw him perform just a few months ago and WOW. I mean wow. He's pretty much amazing. So enjoy.