Thursday, January 25, 2007

High Minded Gossip Galore

Some items (as ever) of interest

Written Lives by Javier Marias
A collection of biographical sketches of various (non-Spanish) writers, each shot through with Marias' infectious bemusement (talent seemingly correlative to ridiculousness) and affection - Lawrence Sterne and Malcolm Lowry (despite trying to murder his wife on two separate occasions) emerge as the most genuinely likable of the lot. A brief tome - even read, as seems almost inevitable, in a casual manner, the majority of the book is likely to pass within a single sitting (or, in my case, over the commutes which bookend my weekday) - you can't eat just one. Memorable observations: Nabokov "hated nearly all writers"; Mishima's death "has almost succeeded in obliterating the many other stupid things he did in his life"; all the glorious affectations which seem to have comprised Henry James' existence; and various et ceteras.

A Prairie Home Companion (D: Robert Altman, 2006)
Not quite An Autumn Afternoon (not many movies are), with which it shares obvious thematic and extracinematic similarities. Nonetheless, fairly good.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (D: Michel Gondry, 2006)
Not quite Wattstax (not many movies are), with which it shares obvious thematic and extracinematic similarities. Probably better, actually.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

What a horrible, horrible few weeks that was.

Now I can't imagine anything going wrong ever again.

Some thoughts about funerals



- Priests should really turn their cell phones to "vibrate" while the mass is being spoken over a body.

-And standing outside for a half-hour in 40 degree weather while the burial is being held isn't much of a hoot, either.

- Plus, you become an embarrassment to family, community, nation, and race when you are a pallbearer who accidentally drops his flower on the unsanctified earth and not upon the intended coffin.

To abruptly and uncomfortably return back to the typical fare found within this journal, here are some

Amusingly apt comments made the other day on the ilXor boards:

-- Richard Baez, January 19th, 2007.

That's pretty cluttered for a Quietly piece!
-- M Perpetua, January 19th, 2007.

AYE - it's like he drew one of the battles I'd stage with my characters when I was three.
-- Richard Baez, January 19th, 2007.

In that sense, it totally works. And really, how else should you be approaching He-Man?
-- M Perpetua, January 19th, 2007.