and speaking of the magic of the cinema experience, i despair at the damage being done to it by the dwindling appreciation for experiencing movies there rather than at home, the latest salvo being the availability of movies for rental 60 days after their theatrical release (for a premium) which directors like james cameron are speaking out against. low costs for arts & entertainment are subsidized by mass participation in purchasing/attendance, and anything that works against that is quite detrimental.
jeremy irons speaks eloquently about the same type of thing happening to broadway as it's slowly killing itself.
and speaking of audiences subsidizing artists, even one of my favorite bands, margot, is turning to its most ardent fans and asking them to donate far more than one would normally pay for a cd (and receive some sort of perk that doesn't really cost the band anything) to subsidize the creation of their next album, in order to continue to work outside of the major label system which normally covers the cost through mass sales.
and speaking of daffodils and bliss and jeremy irons, here's jeremy irons reading daffodils: