According to film director Brian Levant, who worked with Robin Williams when his career took of, everyone was stunned by his energy and creativity. But Levant also remembers how Williams fueled himself with drugs.
"Every time he'd sneeze, he'd say, “there goes a hundred bucks.” You'd never know it on show night, though. An audience was really his drug of choice, and he'd dazzle them."
During the course of the week, I have been scribbling little notes to myself – on paper napkins, on newspapers, in my notebook – all of them ideas for things I should blog about. Topics include “Supermarkets in America/consumer culture,” “All you can drink Soda,” “The First Amendment – does it work?” But, we’ve just come back from a fascinating meeting with the folks over at the African Development Center, and all I can think about now is the immigrant experience in America.
When our ancestors were fighting it was will of freedom that had led them - basic things as right to live, eat, make a family, having children. Nowadays, we do have it, the freedom and we are trying to extend it in some way. But do we know how to preserve it?
You might expect an investigative journalist who’s flown in from the Netherlands to become a Fellow at the World Press Institute to use this blog to share insights on serious subjects like politics or criminal investigations. I’m afraid those comments will have to wait, since my host family promised me to introduce me to Minnesota culture by taking me out to one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a very long time.
(I’ve just been back at my house in Beijing. I remember I had said yes when Susan advised me to post what I said on the last night in twin city as a blog. I want to keep the promise and give my thanks again to WPI people as an addition.)