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[Jun. 4th, 2008|10:24 am]
an amateur historian
06.04.08

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"All writing is garbage. People who come out of nowhere to try to put into words any part of what goes on in their minds are pigs." --Artaud

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I was sitting in my office the other day reading an old copy of the New York Times and trolling through the obituaries, I saw that Anthony Minghella had died. I clipped the included image and pasted it into my diary. I sat there for a long time, quietly, staring at the picture... This image--this film and Michael Ondaatje and its story... All of them have a history. And it's sad. And tragic. And deeply personal to me and thoughtful too... and seeing this and reading the words about him: his "careful eye for cultural and historical detail" gave me pause. Hmmm... Yeah, so I really liked this guy.
"The son of parents who made ice cream on the Isle of Wight off the coast of England, Mr. Minghella used expansive tastes in literature and deep visual vocabulary to make lush films with complicated themes that found both audiences and accolades."

And then, later, Sydney Pollack dies. And he's quoted in the Minghella obituary too.
“He was interested in the magic,” Mr. Pollack said. “Not fake magic, like hiding the ball under the cup, but real magic, the kind that occurs between people. Nowadays, everybody making movies wants to get the clothes off fast and the guns out quick, he was just the opposite. He was interested in the poetry, lavishing the viewer with story, and scope and richness. Look at what you got for your $12 ticket with Anthony.”

“There was a real authenticity to his work,” Mr. Pollack added. “He made movies about the world that we live in, where stuff happened that no one could have anticipated.”

Well, shit.

And there are so many things I would like to talk about--things that have been on my mind that I haven't said to anyone. I've just been writing about them in my little book--keeping it all to myself. I wonder if its healthy or not... and then there's the part of me that doesn't mind so much.
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[User Picture]From: ohmavie
2008-06-04 04:37 pm (UTC)
"All writing is garbage. People who come out of nowhere to try to put into words any part of what goes on in their minds are pigs." --Artaud

Well that's a lovely quote now.
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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-04 04:40 pm (UTC)
there are reasons for me to put that there... apt reasons. and we don't really need to get into them, but it is a fantastic quotation. i love it.
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[User Picture]From: ohmavie
2008-06-04 05:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds rather negative to me. But maybe I just don't "get it." Or "get" the context or point for which it was meant.
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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-04 06:58 pm (UTC)
artaud is a tough one to get. his specialty is the theatre of cruelty. i think that's what he called it.
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[User Picture]From: ohmavie
2008-06-04 05:20 pm (UTC)
nice to see you back on LJ, btw
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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-04 06:57 pm (UTC)
ugh.
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[User Picture]From: ohmavie
2008-06-04 09:09 pm (UTC)
?
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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-06 04:21 pm (UTC)
i just have mixed feelings about it all, i guess. not sure that i want to be back.
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[User Picture]From: sleepsleep
2008-06-04 06:14 pm (UTC)
I skim through the local paper obituaries and also the police blotter to see who has died, divorced, or gone to jail. It keeps me busy Thursday morning.

Did you wreck your journal yet?

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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-04 06:57 pm (UTC)
this obituary was particularly poetic for me...

no, i have not wrecked my journal yet. it seems to be the other way around... my journal can be something of a harsh mistress.

and whenever i end up posting something online i only stew over it enough to eventually wish to destroy it.

like right now.
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[User Picture]From: sleepsleep
2008-06-04 09:45 pm (UTC)
Destroy this:


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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-06 04:22 pm (UTC)
i still need to pick it up and read it first.
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[User Picture]From: sleepsleep
2008-06-06 11:17 pm (UTC)
You should. http://www.wreckthishournal.com/
Mine is starting to have several layers to it. As I go back over random pages.

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[User Picture]From: handstil
2008-06-04 08:01 pm (UTC)
Love the Artaud quote. Look, he said what I am usually thinking.

Owen practices magic. He will say "close your eyes, I'm going to perform magic!" and then he will pick some random object up, like a pen, and move it to another place in the room and then say "open your eyes!" MAGIC.

There was a guy who worked at the thrift store in morro bay that used to talk about magic a lot. He would say things like "Yuki (the store manager/employee wrangler), I'm going to read up on white magic." His name was Aaron and he tried to charge me $50 for a record once. he was always complaining that things were too cheap in the store and that they would never make any money.

I would like to talk.

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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-06 04:23 pm (UTC)
oh yeah? awe, bruised... my old friend. what am i to do?
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[User Picture]From: sleepsleep
2008-06-10 04:28 pm (UTC)
New mailing address is p o box 3421, taos, nm 87571.



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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-11 06:34 am (UTC)
noted. expect tidings in one form or other, friend.
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[User Picture]From: sleepsleep
2008-06-11 01:15 pm (UTC)
:)
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From: isweartoblog
2008-06-26 05:48 am (UTC)
ah. the movie that brought us together.

and sydney pollack was one cool mother-ucker, man.

and i'm with you: the cup runneth over. for better or worse.
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[User Picture]From: florent
2008-06-26 02:15 pm (UTC)
for better or worse... you and i should be having a cup of the good morning america together right now. what time do you fly out?
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