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Poetry

Autumn Movements

by  Carl Sandburg

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Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better. – Samuel Beckett

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Films

Cool Hand Luke

coolhandWatched Cool Hand Luke again last night. I don’t often watch a movie over and over, but this one I do. It’s a beautiful thing. Serious and thoughtful yet still entertaining.

Donn Pearce, the writer of the book/screenplay, was in real-life similar to Luke, spent significant time in prison, even working on a chain gang.

 

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A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. – Leo Tolstoy

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Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help. – Carter Burwell

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Genius is an African who dreams up snow. – Vladimir Nabokov

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Poetry

As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other

by Kenneth Patchen

As we are so wonderfully done with each other

We can walk into our separate sleep

On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies

O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one

Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers

My hands are hallowed where they touched over your

       soft curving.

It is good to be weary from that brilliant work

It is being God to feel your breathing under me

A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .

Don’t let anyone in to wake us.

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Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life.- Edvard Munch

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Films

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

agirlwalkshomeWatched A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. You’ll often hear it billed as an “Iranian”movie,  but it’s not really. Amirpour is an Iranian-American, which is not the same thing. The movie is in Farsi, and the setting does look like it could be Iran, but it’s really California.

It’s a good movie. A good vampire movie. Not much of a plot, and in places doesn’t make a lot of sense. It does have a really great sense of poetic style, really reminiscence of the early Jarmusch films, but without the humor. Amirpour says she’s not a Jarmusch fan, which is very odd. Her  movie suggests she is.

Food Equivalency:  Kabob at a nice place

 

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Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic. – W. H. Auden

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If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up? – Chuck Palahniuk

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Films

One Paragraph Movie Review – Martian

Very predictable, but mildly entertaining. Many better ways to spend your time, but if you’re really tired or something, you could do worse.

Food  equivalency: McDonald’s Fish Fillet

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Books

John Adams – David McCullough

john_adamsI’ve read several of McCullough’s books – The Great  Bridge,  Truman, Johnstown Flood. Always enjoyed them. I’ve been struggling a bit with this one. I don’t think it’s the book, I think I’m just tired of the subject. I just finished a biography of George Mason and another of George Washington, so the information is getting repetitive.

Few tidbits about the book……

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In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. – Ann Frank

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Other

Sing Out! – Broadside Magazine

 

Check them out here.

Broadside #6

 

Sing-Out! was an important publication in the 60’s. It was a primitive, homemade-looking magazine, consisting of only a few pages per issue. However, it is a wonderful document of the politics of the time and the role folk music played. Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and many, many others contributed. Blowin’ in the Wind is featured in Issue #6.

Really enjoyable to read all these years later. Thanks to Sing Out! for making it available for free.

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What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree? – Logan P. Smith

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Exercise

Glen Fry – Take It Easy

Glen Frey of the Eagles died the other day. I was never a big fan, but everybody likes the Eagles at least a little. They had some really catchy tunes.

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Courage can’t see around corners but goes around them anyway. Mignon McLaughlin

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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. – Martin  Luther King

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If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts. – Satchel Paige