Sunday, August 17, 2008
I Like Killing Flies
That's the name of my new favorite documentary, all about Shopsin's Groceries (restaurant) in New York, the place I'd read about in the New Yorker, where I knew Bud Trillin ate, etc. and so on, which is why I rented it, although I couldn't quite imagine why it would be so good. Hilarious, sagacious and fun documentary, about life in the Village c. 2004. I love best perhaps his (cantankerous yet somewhat sunny old guy owner-chef) late-in-the-film advice about personal worth: Just get used to the fact that you're a piece of shit, the kind of person who'll let 2000 peope die so you can.. what, get a good price at Wal-Mart, something like that. "I never wanted my children to think they were much," he said. Because when you realize you're just a piece of shit, then any little good thing you might happen to do seems pretty marvelous. You don't expect too much of yourself and it's a lot easier to feel good. Great advice, I thought. I might have to get this film from Juan. I wonder if the restaurant still exists, the food looked fabulous. And his children looked good, too.