Saturday, May 18, 2019

The tulips are too excitable, it is winter here.
Look how white everything is, how quiet, how snowed-in.   
I am learning peacefulness, lying by myself quietly
As the light lies on these white walls, this bed, these hands.   
I am nobody; I have nothing to do with explosions.   
I have given my name and my day-clothes up to the nurses   
And my history to the anesthetist and my body to surgeons.

They have propped my head between the pillow and the sheet-cuff   
Like an eye between two white lids that will not shut.
Stupid pupil, it has to take everything in.
The nurses pass and pass, they are no trouble,
They pass the way gulls pass inland in their white caps,
Doing things with their hands, one just the same as another,   
So it is impossible to tell how many there are.

My body is a pebble to them, they tend it as water
Tends to the pebbles it must run over, smoothing them gently.
They bring me numbness in their bright needles, they bring me sleep.   
Now I have lost myself I am sick of baggage——
My patent leather overnight case like a black pillbox,   
My husband and child smiling out of the family photo;   
Their smiles catch onto my skin, little smiling hooks.

I have let things slip, a thirty-year-old cargo boat   
stubbornly hanging on to my name and address.
They have swabbed me clear of my loving associations.   
Scared and bare on the green plastic-pillowed trolley   
I watched my teaset, my bureaus of linen, my books   
Sink out of sight, and the water went over my head.   
I am a nun now, I have never been so pure.

I didn’t want any flowers, I only wanted
To lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty.
How free it is, you have no idea how free——
The peacefulness is so big it dazes you,
And it asks nothing, a name tag, a few trinkets.
It is what the dead close on, finally; I imagine them   
Shutting their mouths on it, like a Communion tablet.   

The tulips are too red in the first place, they hurt me.
Even through the gift paper I could hear them breathe   
Lightly, through their white swaddlings, like an awful baby.   
Their redness talks to my wound, it corresponds.
They are subtle : they seem to float, though they weigh me down,   
Upsetting me with their sudden tongues and their color,   
A dozen red lead sinkers round my neck.

Nobody watched me before, now I am watched.   
The tulips turn to me, and the window behind me
Where once a day the light slowly widens and slowly thins,   
And I see myself, flat, ridiculous, a cut-paper shadow   
Between the eye of the sun and the eyes of the tulips,   
And I have no face, I have wanted to efface myself.   
The vivid tulips eat my oxygen.

Before they came the air was calm enough,
Coming and going, breath by breath, without any fuss.   
Then the tulips filled it up like a loud noise.
Now the air snags and eddies round them the way a river   
Snags and eddies round a sunken rust-red engine.   
They concentrate my attention, that was happy   
Playing and resting without committing itself.

The walls, also, seem to be warming themselves.
The tulips should be behind bars like dangerous animals;   
They are opening like the mouth of some great African cat,   
And I am aware of my heart: it opens and closes
Its bowl of red blooms out of sheer love of me.
The water I taste is warm and salt, like the sea,
And comes from a country far away as health.

Sylvia Plath, “Tulips” from  Ariel Collected Poems. Copyright © 1960

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ken Loach's new film at age 82



Poisonous Patriotism, Hitchcock and our Public Domain.

Public Domain FREE FULL MOVIE...

“Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.”

      -Cary Grant

Yet anotha(sic) one's runnin' for Prez 2020 now?


 ABBREVIATION informal :
 Thank God (or goodness) it's Friday !!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

RIP Brandy Foster  :(


Mission Impossible: Agreeable Healthcare

Sickos, A Moore Sequel

I have said it before, and I'll say it again- there is nothing I like at all about this human being Michael Moore except for the conversations that occur after his popcorn movies are released, movies that he disguises as documentaries. That stated, this interview between Sean Hannity and Mikey Moore I find pretty epic and its because it's probably one of the most civil, and ugliest and entertaining debates captured yet on health care. These two guys both seem to love and hate each other - and the camera- at the same time and rate, and the dynamic between the two never feels hateful, just purely dynamic. It's great and could easily serve as CliffNotes to the last few decades of US healthcare reform futility. bye.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

RIP Tim Conway

       #Dorf   #funnyman 

                                 CANNES 2019 LIVE STREAM !

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Generation Wuss :

  1. 1. 
    a weak or ineffectual person who may be suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome virus.
  1. 1. 
    fail to do or complete watching something on CNN as a result of fear or lack of confidence.

    "she'll probably wuss out because she fears my mighty bowling prowess"

Jane questions true Amnesty and the Basque question at - 27:54 seconds

GUERNICA, Spain --Basque nationalism continued to worry the regime of Generalissimo Francisco Franco.
Several alleged Basque separatists and agitators had been arrested during the last few months in this northern region. Its historic and spiritual center is the old town of Guernica, a name that evokes a tragedy of the Spanish civil war of 1936-39.
El Espanol of Madrid, organ of the Ministry of Information and a main channel of Government propaganda, is leading a campaign against the outlawed Basque nationalist movement. The regime's publication asserts in almost every issue that Communists have infiltrated Basque nationalism.
In this Basque shrine members of the underground passionately deny that they are in any way linked with Communism. They stress that the Basque nationalist movement has, during the last few years, built an efficient clandestine labor organization. They assert that they enjoy the support of a large part of the local Roman Catholic clergy.
The Basque movement is circulating many clandestine leaflets and bulletins. It is said to have much influence among the workers in the iron and steel plaint and the shipyard of the region's administrative and economic capital Bilbao, 30 miles west of here, and of smaller industries in the area.
On May 1 Bilbao was the only major Spanish city to witness a major May Day workers’ demonstration against the regime.
Basque priests submitted a joint message to the Catholic Church's Ecumenical Council in the Vatican last fall, denouncing what they descirbed as violations of basic human rights by the Franco regime.
The active nationalists, although causing concern to the regime, are undoubtedly only a minority among Spain's Basques. The exact size of the Basque population is unknown because Government statistics Ignore the ethnic groups that make up the Spanish nation.
It is thought that the Basques number between two and three million representing the second largest minority in Spain after about five million Catalans.
Many Basques are prominent in big business and the Franco regime. Foreign Minister Fernando Maria Castiella y Maiz and a number of top diplomats and Government officials are Basques.
Some Basques do not even speak a word of the people's ancient language, which is unrelated to Latin or a modern Western European tongue. An early ban by the Franco regime on the Basque language has long been lifted, but the State communicates with the citizens of this region only in Spanish.
Regionalists fear that the Basque language may be swamped by Spanish and --in the French Basque country beyond the nearby border --by French.
"A. Basque secretariat" for the unification of Basque dialects and defense against French and Spanish linguistic encroachment was created in Bayonne, France, last June.
During the Spanish Civil War the Basques fought on the Republican side under their own government and president.
Nazi planes, supporting General Franco's'forces, strafed and bombed Guernica brutally April 28, 1937. Pablo Picasso's painting "Guernica" an allegory of horror, was given by him to the Republican Government and is now in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
No trace of the war is visible here now. Guernica has been rebuilt. The town, which has a population of 7,000, looks prosperous, although the current tourist invasion bypasses it...

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Bite my tongue, bide my time Wearing a warning sign Wait 'til the world is mine Visions I vandalize Cold in my kingdom size Fell for these ocean eyes You should see me in a crown I'm gonna run this nothing town Watch me make 'em bow One by one by, one One by one by You should see me in a crown Your silence is my favorite sound Watch me make 'em bow One by one by, one One by one by (one) Count my cards, watch them fall Blood on a marble wall I like the way they all Scream Tell me which one is worse Living or dying first Sleeping inside a hearse I don't dream You say Come over baby I think you're pretty I'm okay I'm not your baby If you think I'm pretty You should see me in a crown I'm gonna run this nothing town Watch me make 'em bow One by one by, one One by one by You should see me in a crown Your silence is my favorite sound Watch me make 'em bow One by one by, one One by one by (one) Crown I'm gonna run this nothing town Watch me make 'em bow One by one by, one One by one by You should see me in a crown Your silence is my favorite sound Watch me make 'em bow One by one by, one One by one by bye.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

  “Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.”
                  - Tim Burton     Dumbo remake reference? )

Monday, May 6, 2019

Meshes of the Afternoon

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Survival of the Fittest

“A poet can survive anything, but a misprint.”
        - Oscar Wildey(sic)


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Carpenter and Hill (rip) collaborative team interview.


Tracy and the Plastics.

Wynne Greenwood (b. 1977) is a performance artist who works in various media such as lo-fi video,  installation art, photography, filmmaking and music. One of her well known projects include the electropop and video project group, Tracy + the Plastics. Wynne works out of Seattle, Washington, and is an Instructor in the Department of Art and Art History at Seattle University 2008, Greenwood received a Genius Award from Seattle's The Stranger (newspaper), which included a check for $5,000 and a notification via cake. The cake was received while Greenwood was teaching art to kids convicted of crimes at Southeast Youth and Family Services in Columbia City. She responded to the honor by saying, "You have no idea what this means. . . . Now I can make art again." 

Coffee Breaks.

A podcast or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download in order to listen to. Alternatively, the word "podcast" can refer to the individual component of such a series; or to an individual media file. Compare "pod". Podcasting often uses a subscription model, whereby new episodes automatically download via web syndication to a user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. Ben Hammersley originally suggested the word "podcast" as a portmanteau of "iPod" (a brand of media player) and "broadcast" in 2004. The files distributed are in audio format, but may sometimes include other file formats such as PDF or EPUB. Videos shared following a podcast model are sometimes called video podcasts, vodcasts or vlogs. bye.

                                                     Testing...Testing... 1, 2, 3

Friday, May 3, 2019

In Barcelona today, for the second time in a week, a memorial plaque to the victims of Francoism, was vandalized. Next week the Primavero Republicano will host 16 events for remembrance.

'The Silence of Others' (produced by Almodovar)

US Premiere introduction by Spain Consulate
Produced by Pedro Almodovar and filmed over six years, 'THE SILENCE OF OTHERS' reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a "pact of forgetting" around the crimes they suffered. A cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past. Despite the film being quite Madridcentric, it truly is a wake-up call on just how crazy and evil things can get during groupthink (which is why we must all remember to think for ourselves). See this powerful movie about the sins of our past regarding issues of state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, eugenics, mass graves of families who now use DNA in order to seek dignified burials for their loved ones, state-ordered theft of babies by nuns, and torture. bye.



(Q and A excerpt)

Reznor/Atticus composing sound-design for film.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

500 years and Mona Lisa is still counting. 

Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci died 500 years ago today in France.

So interesting to learn yesterday from Griffin Dunne that all of the archival Super8mm film footage that he used for the documentary that he made about his aunt Joan Didion was snatched up from home movies footage he bumped into while surfing YOUTUBE- footage that actor Roddy McDowell had shot in the 1960's and 70's at Hollywood socials and parties. The 8mm film footage had been scanned and been posted up on YOUTUBE after McDowell's death and that's how Griffin found it, surfing online on a total fluke. Wild. 

some samples of what Griffin found 


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

WBAI FM: Live Radio Interview 2019

WBAI FM Live Radio Interview (excerpt of interview)

'Fusing Film, Performance Art and Visual Design to tell the poignant stories of Lena Baker and Sandra Bland'

Monday, April 29, 2019

Death Valley.

"A mining town without a mine is usually referred to as a ghost town," said Ballarat Panamint Range. bye

RIP John Singleton. 

Literally insane that you have died at 51. Wow. Life is way too short. Rest In Peace. Your work is, and will always be, remembered. You were a true pioneer in the film indie movement.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

#Fassbinder streaming.




Patti Smith

Daylight 'Savings' Time.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Not Sugarfree, but Delightful. 


The 1973 film, ‘Turkish Delight’ truly did poetic justice to the original 1969 Dutch novel by painter/sculptor/author Jan Wolkers (his novel was translated into a dozen languages). I managed to get my hands on an out-of-print European copy of the film yesterday for viewing and was immediately hypnotized by its utter uninhabited rawness. This film was awarded ‘Best Movie of the Century’ in Amsterdam, and I can see why- it’s pure energy, honest, raw and sincere in its delivery. The movie was shot handheld and with a very loud Arriflex 16mm camera, a camera that has a synch motor so loud that it inevitably had to have ALL of its dialogue dubbed in by the actors after photography was completed. This film is what ‘Love Story’ was in the U.S. minus the catchphrase ‘love is never having to say you’re sorry’... in this Dutch rendition of true love it’s all about having a sweet tooth with a hospital’s Turkish pastry.

                                                p.s. kinda funny to think this director (Paul Verhoeven) went on the make such Hollywood blockbusters like RoboCop, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers and Total Recall.  At age 80, his most recent film Elle was superb and a true return to his raw-cinema storytelling roots.