David Mills interviewed Elvis Mitchell at Timothy Greenfield-Sandets. Elvis has remarkable posts ranging from a multimedia commentator, hosting a weekly radio show in Loss Angles. In addition, Elvis have been a film critic for the New York time for some time. According to David Mills, who interviewed him, Elvis is said to be one of the happiest people he has ever met. Elvis grew up at the neighborhood of Detroit, a place described by Elvis Presley to be a ‘ghitto' this word suggest that the place appeared as a slum. His parents worked in the informal sector, and he describes that they were poor. According to Elvis, his mother raised nine children, a number that suggest the level of work they had to do. On the other, hand his father did some odd jobs day and night to meet the needs of the family.
Despite that fact that Detroit was an informal place, it is the source of several good things; Detroit is the source of punk plus a number of American music. Elvis describe a moment with his uncle at Detroit, the fact that his uncle and his friends had dangerous weapons show that the place had many criminals.
Elvis was a movie fan; he says that Detroit was a place where all movies and all sorts of entertainment emanated. He did participate and acted in a number of players including Henry IV and Native son among others. According to Elvis, his destiny was motivated by people such as Pauline Kael who was a presenter by then. After he saw Kael performing live, his interest to become a presenter increased remarkably. He became a TV writer, and later a film critic whom he says was common during that time.
Movies and films are a bit different, that is according to John C Reilly. He says that theatre gives a chance to communicate directly with the public. Therefore, it is easy to view and understand the reactions of the audience. Understanding the flavors and preferences of the audience gives the actor to plan the work as per the audience interest. On the other hand, in films there is no direct interaction with the audience while acting. In this connection Reilly says that theatre long waits like the Olympic Games.
In addition, Reilly utters that films do not portray the exact image of the actor. Furthermore, the sounds used in films are not the same as the one in the movie. Theater according to Reilly provides the platform for the actor to communicate one on one with the audience. Through direct communication with the public, the actor can be able to come up with strategies to modify their business and, therefore, coming up with something tangible and well accepted by the audience. Reilly continues to say that the audience is relatively important in any entertainment industry. To support his point Reilly asks whether it is worth performing in a function without audience, to him it does not make sense. Similarly, films have to wait for more than six months to reach an audience. According to Reilly a film cannot be performed directly to the public but it has to undergo some processes. Contrary to that theatre does not need any production procedures, but rather it is possible to be on stage anytime.
After walking for major daily newspapers including The New York Times, Elvis Mitchell opts to join other forms of media; radio presenting. Ever since 2005, Mitchell has been hosting KCTW's, ‘The Treatment' and his well-known weekly syndicated the people's radio show. The program has been aired publicly since 1996, and it gives him the freedom to do what he wishes and likes most. When he returned to film criticism ranks in 2010, he landed a better gig i.e. film curator for a film independent group.
In an interview, Mitchell declared that his aimed when he stated the weekly show ‘The Treatment' was to host at least one guest. He says that having a variety of guests gives new ideas to his audience, and they learn every new thing during each show. He also adds that his mandate is to ensure that he airs and invites relevant guests to the audience. About whether he has a lot of friends, Mitchell responded that he makes more friends every day. In essence, he gets the opportunity to interact with a variety of people.
According to Mitchell, the most surprising moment is when he hosted Ben Kingsley. He had made a pumpkin cheese and took it to KCRW. Mitchell says that Ben ate the cheese while they were doing the interview. The most remarkable moment according to Mitchell is that if he ever wrote his autobiography, he says he is going to call ‘it Ben Kingsley ate my cheesecake.'
On showbiz journalism, Mitchell said that he was astonished that it received a lot of reaction. He also added that they work together with Jason Reitman to select scripts. About the beasts of the southern wild, Mitchell responded that the film was great to see an epic with negligible resources of independent film.
Zadie Smith in her novel tries not to bring up the issue of races as the prominent basis for discrimination in North West London. She out rightly describes the livelihoods of the citizens brought up in London whose parents were not born there. A vivid depiction of the struggles and the hopes they hold for survival without bringing the issue of skin tonation into the picture was her main agenda. Culture and class are the chief basis for the disparity among the immigrants in London according to Zadie. However, Zadie Smith confirms of the difficulty she encounters in trying to enlighten the people to alter their mindset. She asserts that it is very complicated to change people's way of thinking, performing as well as comprehending things. Neutrality of the immigrants on matters concerning the color is apprehended in the novel.
Zadie utilizes the London slang, which is greatly Caribbean Patois than it is Cockney to drive her point home that discrimination based on races does not exist in London. She elaborates that the differences only occurs due to culture and class. With an informal dialect, that is, the London slang, the target groups clearly understands Zadie pint. She attests that the mode of impacting knowledge really works splendidly giving captivating and admirable outcomes. From her perception as a young kid, Zadie tried to eradicate the notion she had acquired from reading the renowned novels then, which described the black man as a "black man." Her chief objective was to transpire an exact opposite message on her readers to indicate that race never matters in the co-existent of the human beings in North West London. Unlike many writers, Zadie is committed into shedding light on the least importance skin color. It is assumed that many black authors base their characters on the races and are always the whites unless prior description but that is contrary to the case of Zadie. She just provides hints but not gives a direct answer.
High culture versus popular culture
The popular culture refers to the low culture in the society while the tycoons in the society mostly adapt the high culture. The peasants in a community who are awarded meager payments for the complex tasks they perform exercise the popular culture. It is associated with the illiterates, the barbaric and the unemployed individuals. The high culture is attributed to the intellectuals and the aristocracies. The high culture is acquitted much importance in the community and the personnel who belong to it are highly valued and respected as well. They are observed as the pillars of the community.
Zadie smith in her book White Teeth elaborates on the different cultures. The high culture is deemed to have emerged during the period of civilization, which came with urbanization, high education and sophisticated arts. However, the popular culture existed since the ancient time and can be referred to as the traditional or folk culture. The wealthy urban environment provided a conducive environment for a thriving and enhancement of the high culture. Nevertheless, the high culture to some extent incorporates the popular culture. The music and art embraced in the high culture is of high quality compared to the low culture art, which was mostly acquired via apprenticeship. Zadie Smith in her fiction novels somehow portrays the picture of a cultural critic. She is determined to enlighten the people to adopt the high culture through provision of education.