Your tender revolt Contained by the illicit apple Pounds in red And your eyes’ shattered diamond A woman in seclusion Revolves into a star With you On the surface of water I am thirsty Place the skies in your eyes Blaze out the star So that I can see you The sea is peaceful Silent…
Watched the DVD last night. Very strong film, with a few flaws here and there. Ben Affleck does a nice job of directing his brother, keeping the film gritty and realistic and tied to Boston–to the people, culture and toughness of Dorchester specifically.
It’s a mystery/crime story about a kidnapping. A four-year-old girl is abducted and we quickly find out by whom. Or so we think. Casey Affleck plays a private detective, Patrick Kenzie, who is brought into the case with his girlfriend, Angie Gennaro, played by Michelle Monaghan. They try to assist the police, utilizing their first hand knowledge of the area and its residents, but this is not the sort of case they’re used to. . . . Read more. “Gone Baby Gone”
One of my favorite books from the 1980s is Gert Hofmann’s The Parable of the Blind (1985). It’s an extraordinary novel, told from the point of view of six blind men in search of the painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Hofmann sets obstacles and limits for himself and overcomes them, and I know of no other novel that tests the limits of language and the visual like this one. He limits the number of senses he can utilize to tell the tale . . . We can not see beyond the world of the six blind men. . . . Read more. “The Parable of the Blind”
Caught part of a very interesting radio interview today on NPR’s Fresh Air.Two brothers, David and Anton Treuer, fighting to protect and preserve the Ojibwe language. It was clear from their discussion that this Native American tongue is rich in metaphoric, poetic and symbolic resources. The multiplicity of words for key actions exist along side of the knowledge of the roots of those words. The brothers talk about the path we can follow back to the roots without needing to go to other language sources. And they discuss the precision needed when talking about things like water, weather, and natural phenomenon. Hunting and gathering activities have their own special set of words and images. . . . Read more. “The Ojibwe Language: Poetry Built In.”
Birds like maxims brightly devour what is begotten born and dies. Senators especially are screwed into nose rings and hunt catastrophic wisdom to pass to be perch-brass. Plucked anvils in shape of angels climb down tether but butter is in a hurry to melt. The parenting beseems a fine line for gentle loops in monastery those kind thoughts of devotion. Beeswax balls now lunge now become centrally located. Sexual urges flip their coin. Time terplexed is knock to new matter paisley wood.
Confucian? Calmly on a later Sunday, March 23, 2008
For those of you in the New York area, or traveling there soon, I suggest a side trip to the Museum of Modern Art. For many reasons, of course. One big reason this Spring is the retrospective for one of Korea’s greatest directors, Kim Ki-Duk. It runs from April 23rd thru May 8th.
Have watched three of his films and was truly impressed. Samaritan Girl (2004), 3-Iron (2004), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring (2003). Especially liked the last mentioned, with its deceptive simplicity of mood, scene and emotion, all masking a profound analysis of the wheel of life and our connections to inner and outer worlds.
Watched the Sean Penn film last night, and thought it deeply moving, well-made, and thought-provoking. Based on a true story, the movie follows Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book closely. Penn chronicles the wanderings of Christopher McCandless across America, provides essential background through flashbacks and voice-overs, and takes us all the way to the terminus of Alaska in 1992. It’s a very strong film, one that deserves a wider audience.
The performances by the chief actors are excellent, especially Emile Hirsch as Christopher, and Catherine Keener as Jan Burres, a friend he makes along the way. I also liked Kristen Stewart (in an all too brief role) as Tracy Tatro, a girl with an enormous crush on Chris, whom he meets through Jan and her husband, Rainey. . . . Read more. “Into the Wild”
Jan Vermeer’s painting from 1665 is remarkable for what it says and doesn’t say.
I studied it in school many years ago, and have always loved it, but now see it differently, with a back story and another face there. A merger, a gap, a crossing. Scarlett Johansson stares back at me now. She didn’t then. I saw something else. I saw beautiful, lush brush strokes, vibrant, heated colors, and a woman who was bemused, experienced, perhaps even a touch annoyed that her life had been interrupted for a moment or two. An annoyance at first that quickly changed into remembrance, tolerance, and subdued, quiescent, internal laughter. . . . Read more. “The Girl With the Pearl Earring”