Yesterday, the popular skateboard culture site Jenkem published a brief Zoom interview with Werner Herzog. The quick Q&A is barely three-and-a-half minutes long, but because this is Werner Herzog we’re talking about, it manages to somehow address the “mountains of Bavaria,” sexy Russian Orthodox choir music, the nature of human failure, and David Blaine’s inherent untrustworthiness.
Look, summarizing the clip obviously does it no justice. Instead, the interview is a wonder one must observe firsthand to truly enjoy. Join us after watching it, why don’t you?
See? Would we ever lie to you? We could spend the rest of the day mining this rich, Herzogian ore, but how about a simple highlight of the best quotes from Jenkem’s clip instead? We’re sure Herzog would strongly object to “such a base, statistical distillation of human emotion” (or something), but we’ve long ago given up on trying to add anything to Herzog, and are happy to let the
beautiful cosmic entity man speak for himself.
“I am puzzled because I am not familiar with the scene of skateboarding. At the same time, I had the feeling that, ‘Yes, that is kind of my people.’”
“I see [skateboarders] trying to slide on a metal rail. They do it 25 times and fail. The 26th time, they fail. The 30th...it’s good that you accept failure...finally you land the right jump and go sliding and screeching down a handrail.”
“So many failures. That is astonishing, yes.”
“I know that David Blaine shouldn’t be trusted in this kind of quest. It’s this kind of absurd quest, and they are meant only for his own publicity.”
“What comes to mind first and foremost would be Russian Orthodox Church choirs...Something that creates this kind of strange feeling of space and sexuality.”
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