All entries for November 2005

November 22, 2005

Office Linebacker


November 19, 2005

A lesson from Alexander Mackendrick

He says that he has a lot of sympathy for students "who try to avoid the exhausting, time-consuming and boring work involved in gathering data reading masses of background information, travelling to talk to people and exploring places. It's not easy, but it is the grist for invention and an essential step of the creative process.

'Creativity' will always look after itself if you are prolific in production, which means starting off by turning out masses of work that is relatively unoriginal, derivative and imitative. When productivity has become second nature, you will find you have acquired a freedom in which your particular and personal individuality emerges of its own accord."

God bless you, Alexander MacKendrick.


November 18, 2005

The Epic

Do not hope to reproach me, nor preach to me of justice and injustice.You shall not dissuade me. It is useless to issue your threats of divine retribution. Your pleas fall on deaf ears. In me Zeus has vested impenetrable fortitude. No mortal hand may dare seekvengeance on this form.

a self flagellating Catholic

This was my own monstrance.
Sat up in my high chair I marvelled
At the fate of Roman soldiers
Now silent.
I looked at the table of my friends
With red still staining glasses.

Outside I knew gales still disobey,
They would break themselves before me
At the table of my friends.

It looks quite Catholic i think but thats not what i was thinking about when i writted it.


November 17, 2005

No Title


Tentative Godfather First Entry

Is the godfather about Emersonian self-reliance? Michael starts off as part of a recognised, authoritative institution. His actions in the war are celebrated because he is part of that institution. He moves towards radical individualism and is forced to make sacrifices and decide for himself what is truly important to him. Is he just moving from one institution to another? In the army, his actions are determined by an external authority but as head of his family he determines right and wrong with an internal code of ethics. What then are we to understand from the shot of Michael utterly alone and emotionally dead?

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