Professor Serling
October 21, 2012 1:24 PM   Subscribe

Rod Serling discusses writing. A conversation.
posted by timsteil (13 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
damn, I wish smoking wasn't so bad for you.
It's so cool.
posted by philip-random at 2:41 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Before I clicked play, I thought..."hmmm...30 minutes, he'll go through a pack of cigarettes in that amount of time..", he wasn't three seconds in before he took a puff....

Now I'll go back and watch the whole thing, and then probably go buy a pack of cigarettes...
posted by HuronBob at 2:47 PM on October 21, 2012

I found this online a few months ago. It's really excellent.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 2:50 PM on October 21, 2012

Thanks for posting this. I've always loved this Mike Wallace interview of Serling.
posted by Optamystic at 2:50 PM on October 21, 2012 [5 favorites]

Was there something similar in color a while back? I remember being distressed at how orange he was.
posted by Artw at 4:21 PM on October 21, 2012

I just heard this show this weekend. Rod's daughter Ann, on her father's death. Highly recommend.
posted by THAT William Mize at 4:54 PM on October 21, 2012 [5 favorites]

I was lucky enough to go to a writing seminar he led when I was in high school. he was warm, kind and a great teacher. Thanks for the post.
posted by Isadorady at 7:14 PM on October 21, 2012 [2 favorites]

So cool to see him speaking in this sort of context.
Love how he always says the person's name as he's addressing their question. A little bit like the Jeff Daniels character in Something Wild.
But man, yeah. He even looks like a cigarette.
posted by chococat at 8:28 PM on October 21, 2012

I'm only seeing him addressing the women by name.

*goes back to listening to see if he has any advice she hasn't heard before, or advice she's heard a zillion times in another form and finally understands when she hears Sterling's version*
posted by egypturnash at 10:01 PM on October 21, 2012

/looks down at hand

/a cigarette has appeared.

I don't even smoke!!!!
posted by Artw at 10:02 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

I’m only seeing him addressing the women by name.

It looks like there’s only one woman (Doris) in the bunch, but Serling does name-drop many of the men (Dave, Dick, George, Steve), a number of whom are puffing away on cigarettes as well. A really fine performance, all in all, both by him and the students, who seem alert, interested, ask good questions, and really take advantage of their opportunity.

I wonder who they were, how they were chosen, where this took place... and why does Serling wear a couple of different outfits — was this part of a series of classes? (The little statue behind him looks like the Nittany Lion shrine at Penn State.) Looking around online I found this account of a writing seminar Serling did 50 years ago at Antioch College in Ohio, and an extensive series of notes one woman kept at the time.
posted by LeLiLo at 6:23 PM on October 22, 2012

mea culpa

I should have previously-ed

This is the shit.
posted by timsteil at 9:17 PM on October 24, 2012

He came back to Antioch College and the surrounding area several times to teach.
posted by Isadorady at 12:14 AM on October 26, 2012

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