Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rita wrote, "I don't have time." Mac replied, "Find the time."

I just found a superior article about Mac, HERE, written by his friend Rita J. King. This is a follow up to the New York Times piece, published in the recent Atlantic. The author shares heartfelt synchronicity that touches on life and death.

She also articulates and the deep creative enthusiasm that defined my friend Mac.

In a funny way, I feel that this short article is speaking directly to me, I am hearing Mac's strong clear voice telling me (very nicely) to get off my sorry ass and produce a graphic novel.


Red Pill Junkie said...

Nice article. Also, a very nice synchronicity related by the author.

I know many people think CastaƱeda was a bullshit artist, and yes he made up many of the things he wrote about; but one of the greatest lessons he ever put on in his prose, was the folly of our current society into making us believe we're immortal beings. To him the road of the warrior started with the realization that some day we will die, and the second step was trying to be aware of that every day of your life.

Every. Day. Think about it.

If you managed to do that, CastaƱeda wrote, you'd be forced to carefully manage and calculate every plan and action you ever took. Would you spend 8 hours of the day Twittering —or *ehem* blogging— if you knew this would be the final day of your life? and what guarantees do we have that this is not so?

So, for my part, I do hope you manage to produce that graphic novel Mike —and I hope you follow my suggestion of partnering with Chris Knowles. I also hope you and the team of the documentary you were working on get together again to finish what you started.

[So easy to tell people what to do, instead of following one's advise huh?]

Red Pill Junkie said...

PS: is that the leather jacket you were sent by Mac's mom?

Mike Clelland! said...

Yes - that is the very same leather jacket that was sent to me by Mac's (very lovely) mom.

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

Just looking at Mac Tonnie's photo in the upper right-hand corner of your blog where it says "Mac Tonnies talks about my blog:"
I couldn't help noticing how the shadow formed on his face,by his glasses,looks like the shape of an ascending dove,or some sort of winged creature,like an angel.