March 30, 2004
Saw an excellent film last night, the best I've seen in years: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Made me grateful I bent my usual "only see big F/X blockbusters in cinemas" rule; thought-provoking and melancholy-stirring, an incredible (mildly-scifi) "what if"; "Vanilla Sky" minus the beautiful people factor (but better than that), some elements of Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" with it's timeshifting, a musing on the nature of memory, and living in it; a bit sexy in parts but never exploitive (not that I mind a bit of gratuity now and then...), some thoughts on the natures of dreams and consciousness, finally asking the question if you thought you could mend a heartbreak by selectively erasing it from your mind, would you?
It's a good question.
I never would, being a nostalgic kind of guy, but it's a good question.
Selection of the Moment
Lay Your Sleeping head, my love,
Human on my faithless arm:
Time and fevers burn away
Individual beauty from
Thoughtful children, and the grave
Proves the child ephemeral:
But in my arms till break of day
Let the living creature lie,
Mortal, guilty, but to me
The entirely beautiful.
--W.H.Auden, from "Lullabye". Always been a favorite of mine, something in last night' movie brought it to mind.
Political Jabs of the Moment
Bush/Cheney took down their "sloganator" banner builder, but not after some folks gave them some great ideas.
Site of the Moment
Linked to from boingboing's sidebar, it's Cancergiggles, a site by a man who has about 6-18 months to live from cancer. Written with huge doses of humor and willingness to talk about things head on.
Gratuitous Large Font Use of the Moment
Sweet Jimminy Crickets! This is the last evening of my twenties! And I'm at home cleaning my study and looking for my frickin' checkbook! (And moaning about it in my journal.) Heck, in Europe, I'm already 30!
Ah well. 5-6 years ago, my Y2K-etc fearing self thought I'd be lucky to make to 30. But here I am.