Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Adapt Or Die? Plus, Sam Shepard's Tortured Soul

August 2, 2017
   My daughter is in the financial sector and we talk quite a bit about adapting to shifting trends,  in our respective fields. I mentioned to her in an email that I wasn't really impressed with German beer and here is her reply:

"Ah, yes, the German beer thing! I heard a great piece on NPR about that. Apparently all German beer is the same (or the most well respected ones are the same) because they have been using the same ancient and purist brewing methods for a century. They have not changed the recipe in that amount of time so they are true "purists" meaning no weird shit in their beer (berries, etc) like we have over here in the US. The only difference between the different brands is marketing! What?! That's wild. Well, with the whole micro brew movement happening in the US the demand/taste for the purist German beer is declining so there is a huge debate happening in Germany - do they stick with their purist ways (which is really boring) or do they break a century old way of doing things to follow the fads?? Doesn't this sound like the very same conflicts we have discussed In both of our industries? Stay the course OR adapt or die. Interesting!! Fascinating."
—Deena C. Bortscheller

Speaking of beer, we lost a cool cat this week who looked good sitting at a bar drinking one:

Daily Whip Out: "Adios Mr. Vaguely Tortured"

   And, by the way, Sam had to get clearance from True West magazine to use the title for his riveting play. This was before we bought the magazine. The guy was definitely a thinker. Here are three great quotes from the writer, actor and director:

"The funny thing about having all this so-called success is that behind it is a certain horrible emptiness."
—Sam Shepard
"Love is the only disease that makes you feel better."
—Sam Shepard
"I hate endings. Just detest them. Beginnings are definitely
the most exciting, middles are perplexing and endings are a
disaster. The temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping
up the package, seems to me a terrible trap. Why not be more
honest with the moment? The most authentic endings are the
ones which are already revolving towards another beginning.
That’s genius."

—Sam Shepard


  1. Cheers! To German beer and the irreplaceable Sam Shepard.

  2. These are the perfect lines and I hope that these lines will share the deep thoughts.

  3. July 2nd to the early morning of the 3rd,1991, I was working a night shoot on the motion picture "Thunderheart" in the town of Wasta,South Dakota.The scenes we were shooting are not important outside of the hardest thing I had to do was stay awake. I was headed back to a motel room to get something when I wandered past the actor's trailers and spied Pulitzer Prize winning writer Sam Sheppard sitting at his table with his head in his hand writing longhand with a pencil.I had my camera with me, and my trained eye saw where I could set up for a time exposure shot of this iconic writer....WRITING!!! All I had to do, was do it! I rejected the idea, it was too private a moment and I did not give myself permission to intrude on this private moment. He was a real gentleman and we all liked him.He will be missed.

    Also Bob....I lived for 2 years in Germany and I LOVED the beer.

  4. Change for the sake of change is not progress, it's just change.

  5. Sam Shepard was a legendary American actor and a writer, as I'm a content writing expert at Gulf Dissertation writing agency so I can say that, he was a majestic writer, he wrote more than 50+ plays and lots of books as well. So in short, Sam Shepard was an amazing writer and an amazing actor too.


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