Saturday, October 24, 2009
Stars in the Square
Riding into Harvard Square Tuesday morning, I noticed a bunch of cops and a crowd gathered around the T station. Trouble, I thought, some kind of early morning, drug fueled fight. Or the Red Line crapped out again. But the crowd was eerily quiet and the cops weren't moving. Rounding the Out of Town island, I saw the film camera. All the faces of the people in the crowd, lifted toward the scene of action, resembled a mass of worshipers praying at the altar of their god. Who in this case is Fame and Hollywood. One of my colleagues, a talented filmmaker in his own right, spotted Ben Affleck. But the real stars in Harvard Square that day were Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, Punchdrunk people, speaking at this class.