Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe
This has been/will continue to be the busiest month of my life, which is why I have been scarce on the blog despite the recent barrage of major film-related news. I cannot stay away today, though, because I just read the breaking news that the Boston Globe‘s Mark Feeney—a friend, teacher, and mentor—has been awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism “for his command of the visual arts, from film and photography to painting” in a series of articles written over the past year, and I am absolutely thrilled.
I have had the privilege of knowing Mark Feeney for several years. I first met him when he gave a lecture about Nixon and the Movies, his excellent 2004 book that discusses the more than 500 movies that cineaste Richard Nixon saw during his time in the White House, and the fascinating correlations between what he chose to screen and what was concurrently taking place in his own life and in the world. He was later kind enough to deliver a magnificent lecture about “Movies and the American Presidency” at a film festival I organized. Since then, he became a professor at Brandeis University, and as I have worked with him inside and outside of the classroom, he has been a great role model for myself and other would-be journalists, both as a writer and a man. (Oddly, just over a week ago I interviewed him at length for a report I was composing. I learned a great deal about his life and work, and was more impressed with him than ever. Perhaps he’ll allow me to post the audio here so others can hear what I’m talking about.)
I can think of no one more deserving of the highest honor in the field of journalism than Mark Feeney, and I look forward to congratulating him in person when I see him on Wednesday.