Browsed by
Tag: mysticism

Tony Jones: Pizza Space

Tony Jones: Pizza Space

[Guest blogger du jour Tony Jones] What’s the mystique about mysticism? (Or is the question itself just a misleading fork in the road, excluded middle term, dun leaves dead on a worm-ridden tree, as in “not seeing the forest for the … ”, regarding spirituality). When I watched Kung Fu as a young child, then as now I was entranced by the mixture of action and the ambiance of a kind of deep inner peace that drove it. I think…

Read More Read More

The Choice

The Choice

I watched Doctor Zhivago tonight. Keira Knightley as Lara. Hans Matheson as Yuri Zhivago. It’s a well done TV miniseries from 2002. Moving, especially at the end. It’s not David Lean. But it works in its own way. Expanded, because of the extra time. And updated to allow for more modern depictions of the love affair. Many things jumped out at me. But especially this: brief, ecstatic joy in the middle of a sea of sorrow. The embrace of that…

Read More Read More

The Double Life of a Mystic

The Double Life of a Mystic

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s beautiful, surreal, baffling movie, “The Double Life of Veronique (1991)” has always haunted me. Irene Jacob’s performance is mesmerizing, seductive, tragic, the music veers to the edge of extremis, and the poetry of the celluloid images moves into uncharted cinematic territory. It’s arguably Kieślowski’s greatest work, though many critics give the nod to his “Decalogue.” Watch this video on YouTube  The uncanny. Rilke’s dolls. The impossibility of perfect twins across the globe. But they exist. France, Poland, but…

Read More Read More