Tuesday, August 31, 2010

quote of the day

"The question of evil refers primarily to the anaesthetized heart, the heart that has no reaction to what it faces, thereby turning the variegated sensuous face of the world into monotony, sameness, oneness."

--James Hillman, The Thought of the Heart and Soul of the World

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bumper Sticker & Passage of the Day

Saw this great bumper sticker on my way to work today:

Tomorrow*A Mystery
Today*A Present

Speaking of, I love this passage:

"It is in the nature of things to change. Nothing can last beyond its given time. And I think that instinctively we know what that time is. What is it that makes us know when the summer turns? The smallest shift in the light? The slightest hint of chill in the morning air? A certain rustling of the leaves of the birches? This is how it is -- suddenly, in the midst of the summer heat, you are overcome by a tightening of your heart. The realization that it will all come to an end. And that brings a new intensity to everything: the colors, the smells, the feeling of sunshine on your arm."

--Linda Olsson, Astrid & Veronika

Friday, August 20, 2010

passage of the day

"Mattia deliberately made all his movements as silently as he could. He knew that the chaos of the world would only increase, that the background noise would grow until it covered every coherent signal, but he was convinced that by carefully measuring his every gesture he would be less guilty of that slow ruin."

--Paolo Giordano, The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blinded by the Light (or, "Nathan Mimics Luna, His One-Eyed Jack Russell Terrier")

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Love the Way You Lie" (*Hate the Way I Love This Song)

Why do I love this song? Does this mean I've gone over to the dark side by embracing an Eminem number? Is it because Rihanna reveals a sultry, sad vulnerability? Or because Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox heat up the screen -- literally and figuratively -- during their physically and spiritually tortured romance? Has Eminem let us catch a glimpse of a powerful sense of insecurity and loss that I hadn't previously given him credit for? Are these all excuses because I love the catchiness of the song and the way the video strikes my heart and pulse? Do I resist the urge to watch this over and over to stay "true" to my politics and my indignation at so much of what Eminem stands for in my mind?


p.s. an hour and a half later --

Below are M's comments once I forwarded her this blog post, curious about her thoughts. I agree with what she says -- consciously thought all this myself -- and it's nice to see my concerns reiterated articulately and to the point.

Here you have it:
"Ummmmm…..my take is that it is about a domestic abuse/abuse cycle relationship which ends in murder and makes me like him even LESS, when I didn’t really give a sh*t before: and he seems less interesting/deep/feeling, not more so. It just sounded like a lot of excuses/justifications about why it is okay to beat the shit out of your girlfriend with whom you are in a dysfunctional relationship. It also makes me wonder what the hell Rihanna is doing in this video given her hx, especially since she is singing, “It’s okay because I like the way it hurts,”….WTF? Really? Is she really that stupid? Am I totally missing the point here? Maybe if proceeds from the song were going to a domestic shelter or something, but otherwise – YUK.

Maybe you like it because it is sexy! sexy! and the thing about those sexy, intense, dysfunctional relationships is that they are like a drug – so intense and exciting and thrilling, and they feel so meaningful at the time (and the sex is always AMAZING). Plus, stylizing it made the ugly reality of it easy to overlook/ignore."

Right on, M! And I will say -- in Rihanna's defense, at least -- that she's well aware of how those lyrics are being taken, the irony and lesson behind her words.

p.p.s. another fifteen minutes later --

M's last comment:

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! What have you done to me?! I can’t stop watching it now! Dammit! It is addictive and they are just fun to watch –- that is why they are moving stars."

And you all, fellow readers? Thoughts?

Friday, August 13, 2010

passage of the day

"He thought now how it had always been for him, ever since he was a boy sitting on the edge of a chair in the living room listening to his parents' friends -- a divorced woman whose hands shook slightly in her lap as she told him with great excitement about the vacation she was to take, or the man whose son Frank saw teased relentlessly at school, talking of how happy his boy was -- the unsaid visible in their gestures, filling the air around them, pressing on Frank. And later in college, at a party, drink in hand, standing by a bookcase, chatting with a slightly heavy girl hanging back from the crowd, tracked into every shift of her eyes, every tense little smile, as if the nerves in her body were the nerves in his, her every attempt to disguise her awkwardness raising its pitch in him."

"The Good Doctor," from You Are Not a Stranger Here -- Adam Haslett

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Bear-Backing", Anyone?

This is an actual poster for a kid's movie. Um, did the graphic (!) designers do this on purpose, with fingers crossed that it would get past the "censors"? Or are they just that oblivious to certain potential aspects of the proverbial gay lifestyle? And check out the tagline!

p.s. You all know what a "bear" is in gay lingo, right?!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thirst & Moonvoid

Well, for those of you keeping tabs, I'm quite stoked about the release of Christopher Pike's Thirst: No. 3 (Thirst 1 and 2 are repackaged compilations of the original Last Vampire series). October 5th, can't wait for you to get here!

I posted a link a while back about the film version being released of the first novel (undoubtedly inspired by the Twilight phenomenon). I've been peeking around online, and I found a fellow fan's commentary on a message board. Moonvoid is his or her name, and I must say, Moonvoid, I have these same questions, curiosities, fears, and hopes about how the story will translate from page to screen. Here's what our moon pal wrote:

Wow! As much as I would love to see The Last Vampire go to the big screen, I have no idea how this will be pulled off and made for a PG-13 rating. Even though I did find myself enjoying the Twilight series on some level, The Last Vampire blows Twilight out of the water. It seems this story will be more difficult to pitch to the masses as there are no "sparkly vampires" here. Here are just some of the things TLV, now called the Thirst series, deals with:

Religion - Hinduism plays a major role in this series; as those who have read know, the main character Sita refers to "Krishna's grace" and calls him her Lord several times through the book. The book also delves heavily into Christianity, The Temple of Set, general Mysticism and Satanism. This here should tell you right off the bat that this series is far deeper than any ground Twilight touches.

Sex - Though Pike never gets too detailed, there is plenty of times where Sita has sex or refers to having sex throughout the book.

Bisexuality - Sita refers to herself as having a few female lovers in her lifetime as well as countless men.

Violence - There is VERY descriptive violence in these books, ie: Sita: "Leaping toward her, giving her almost no time to react, I thrust my left hand deep into her chest, smashing through her white gown and her pale ribs. Yet for a fraction of a second, she knows what I am going to do. She feels the absolute horror of the ritual execution. That is what Landulf wants, what he needs, to activate his black sorcery. The battery of the bastard is tied to perversity and pain. The girl's heart is in my hand. I feel its life and still I yank it from her chest and leap towards the circle. Out of the corner of my eye I see her staring at me, and understand the betrayal she is feeling deep in my soul. Her eyes are as blue as mine. Even in death, they could be mine."

Action - So much action in this book. It will take a large budget to pull this off. Everything from hand combat to helicopters and nuclear plant explosions, etc.

Character development - Sita, as well as others, are VERY developed characters. No blank slate Bella for audiences to insert themselves into. Sita is a complex character and throughout the book her character is very contemplative. I do not use this word lightly.

Some other themes include:
Diseases such as AIDS and leprosy, time travel, reincarnation, and pregnancy, to name a few.

It is truly surprising to me that so much of this went on in a teen novel. Pike was and still is way ahead of his time with his teen writing. Whereas the Twilight saga is a good fun story, the Thirst series (aka The Last Vampire series) is moving and has high potential to get audiences (both young and older) to actively engage themselves in a story that will undoubtedly invite them to open their eyes and minds to some type of soul searching and self reflection.

I can only hope that the movie maintains some of the essence of the books.
So there you have it! Thanks, Moonvoid!

poem of the day (from D, for G)


The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door,
in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread.
Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

-- Derek Walcott

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Florence + the Machine (*my newest musical obsession)

Check out their video for "Cosmic Love." Whoa.


Wednesday, August 04, 2010

This little piggy....

Adorable beyond belief: