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Month: February, 2009

The sky was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
William Gibson, Neuromancer

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Powerful Words

a running list

– Intention(s)

– Time

– Scarlilock Mums

– Change

TV Review: Darren Arronofsky, Director

Subjective Film-making. Doesn’t matter what drug you’re taking: Anything can be a drug. Ellen Burstyn: addicted to this dream, food, television, anxiety pills which the doctors give her. With Pi, one actor hanging out with for the entire time. Hip-hop sensibility, quick cuts, samples, show the subjectivity. Pi, the obsessive compulsive turning of locks. — Fall is Green. Summer is Yellow. Winter is Blue. The Journey you’re going on. 20 second love scene >> 4 hours of filming. The montage of drug taking (sounds in the background, ending with the wide eye). He is an intensely creative director. Clearly has a tragic disposition. Like him, I believe that Life is Tragic. Is this what we like about Tragedy? The Sacred Resonance between the actions on the stage and the pattern of our Lives? Does Postmodernism have room for Tragedy? Clearly — Beckett’s Endgame. Requiem. Postmodern is very often very tragical — since it lends itself to an intense exploration of the Trapped — of the Rats in the Maze — of the Confusion.

The Supreme Court decides whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable (1893)

Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893). Spoiler: It’s a vegetable.

Article Review: British Reality TV Star Set to Die for the Cameras

Oh the horror. Big Brother media darling, with metastasized cancer, has now decided to die on television. So be it. Beam me up, Scotty — I remember watching the Pope die, die on television, and thought of the horror but also the opportunity — the opportunity to gaze at the ultimate reality, let the mirror neurons fire fire fire, help me learn how to let go —

So. There it is. It isn’t the first time.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/world/europe/20britain.html

Movie Review: You and Me and Everyone We Know

Movies about photographs.
Richard burning his hand.
Young vs. Old
Pooping back and forth.
The Goldfish on Top of the Car.
The Walk Down the Block (That lasts a lifetime and ends in death)
The Signs for the Young Girls
The Two Blowjobs.
The Little Girl’s Hope Chest.
The Call of the Artist.
Meeting the woman in the park.
Hanging the Picture in the Tree.
The Man tapping on the glass.

Music. Ambient melodic. Visuals. Sounds. Polysensory. Miranda July.

Transformations

Every book, novel, play, movie enacts, subconsiously, that thirsty desire/anxiety for transformations — and why shouldn’t it? We were once munchkins after all (cf. theory that the reason we cannot remember our extreme youth is because of size differences, in that we can no longer remember what it was like to be so small.)

Change-Anxiety. While poisoned by purple mushrooms, I would often lay in bed, writhing around and dwelling on which words of the English language were particularly strange and scary, and I would always come back to this one change, change, a) it sounds weird, it has a dynamic mutable sound to it, beginning in one place and ending in another, a sloppy living slickness to it, and b) when one considers, with the mad-mad focus that only hallucinogens can bring to bear on a subject, the actual meaning, that which is signified by this signifier, and we realize it describes a living breathing process — a strange process that does not make sense a priori, that is in fact a strange weird empirical facet of the world that is contingent and not necessary — we realize we are staring straight at one of the fundamental underlying features of this strange universe we perpetually find ourselves in — and this change is constant, unpredictable, unceasing, barrels on with no concern for our preferences and feelings, and will one day crush us, kill us, and leave us by the road. Life begins. Life begins again. Time — time is, but change change transformations kill —

And yet the plus-side sits there too, for somehow, for whatever reason or no reason, we are endowed with minds and wills and thoughts and memories and with these four ichors we can spin together our vanguards and our barriers and by force of these endowments pull ourselves above the tide of time and riding it become the masters of our transformations — the will to power — to choose where life will take us.

We are given a certain number of days and a certain number of faculties, and a natural freedom to make what we will of them, given the social and biological constraints within which we are free to act and choose. So act, choose. How will we choose? What are our choices? We make them. We make this world.

We latter-born children, provided with the full-functioning late capital commodity machine, do not make things, and hence are powerless. Still, the junk is the junk, and the life is the life, and it remains to us to make our lives. Make your own life. Make it. Transform yourself. Recirculate and return to where you began (look homeward, angel) — stand at the end of the city at the end of time and sing joyously into the winds blowing from the last event horizon — look straight up into the heart of the galaxy and count the numberless stars — look into your mother’s eyes — hold tightly to your father’s hand — sleep sleep sleep next to your lover who cradles you and takes you back —

And the changes come and the changes will come and some we ride and some push us under but they come they come unceasingly they come

Article Review: Bringing Wind Turbines to Ordinary Rooftops

Novelties

Bringing Wind Turbines to Ordinary Rooftops
By ANNE EISENBERG
Published: February 15, 2009

In these green times, some companies hope smaller wind turbines will soon rise above homes and garages.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/business/15novel.html

Story Review: The Dead by James Joyce

From December 2008

Man staring up at his wife on the stairs: secret life together — no — Conroy loved her, or loved himself, the great lustiness — “I don’t want to live.” Similarly, we have Penelope’s tapestry, that she sows by day and unplucks by night, the tapestry magically telling the story of Odysseus’ long wanderings — Odysseus who is Sinbad who is an Ancient Egyptian lost at sea —

“Will I return?” he says, speaking to the Goddess Calypso who will not die (fearing the cold hand, his love — true — taking her and not him)

What else did Odysseus find? (Written by Homer’s daughter?) Tale told by an … his death foretold (My death — I can see it — either the quick surprise or the long goodbye) //

The Mad King Time, charmed by Scherazade who spins her tale and leaves it hanging from a cliff — weaving and unweaing her own nightly tapestries — after the touching of soft flesh, the secret glimmer — Oh Conroy — clownish lust? That is your love — the desire to see her breasts — and to steal next to her while she stares out at the great abyss of time, as the cliffs of this world crumble beneath them (beneath us) — looking into her eyes — eyes that will remain the same even as our bodies change — “It was not the face Michael Furey died for” — Oh, but it was — snow falling on the universe — the Pope’s poem, in Latin, about the photograph — write me another about the telephone /farsound /

Like Dante, in the Inferno, we tread on a dusty road made from the ground up bodies of those who came before — no, grass covered, green flowers, bury me in a foot of a tree — when I am sad, I drive on Kerper Street, and stare at the tree my uncle planted, before he passed away — euphemism — say it without saying it — the automaton’s response — jam on — into the next thing — beat goes on — Redneck Charlie and the digital remix, playlist shuffle, shake your iphone, baby, shake your iphone — a Latin poem — Infallibe Popery — Love / Leader / Celebrity / Stars // Stars // Stars // Impossibly far — impossibly far — but out there, somewhere real.

Walk today

More moderate than last week, from Soho to Chelsea, to Bed Bath & Beyond and Home Depot. Got myself a remote control for my lamp. Walked 2.5 miles in toto. Began the walk with my ipod in my ears, loud, and at first it was awesome, first time in awhile, and as I said, it was loud — but I felt sadly disconnected — too easy to ignore the bums and the pseudobums (cute girls wearing shirts that say Childrens International, asking me for money) — then again, some cynicism makes me feel less bad about all that — I’ve been caught by these bums before and there must be a better way to advance them whatever services they need — I’m living on borrowed money, regardless. OTOH, to he that has, more will be given and other parables of talent —