No real blog post from me this time, just my urging you to read Errol Morris’s interview with Ricky Jay in today’s New York Times, “Seven Lies About Lying (Part 1).” It’s quite wonderful.
Errol Morris is a filmmaker whose movie The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2004. He has also directed Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and a bunch of other movies, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ricky Jay is one of my absolute favorites. He’s an actor (he had a small part in the superb HBO series Deadwood, playing a card sharp, and I seem to remember him doing a guest shot on CSI), bibliophile, historian of magic, arguably the greatest living sleight-of-hand artist, and a master of the art of deception.