movies

Dangerous games

  The Robot Moves! by Nick Flynn   I pretend I’m afraid, carrying you on my hip beneath the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, past all the dead saints, the floor dug up to lay pipe. I stop suddenly, grasping at a darkened corner & whisper, what was that? & your tiny hand touches […]

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A Preposterous Preoccupation

To write my last post I had to look up the cast of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.  I came across an amusing bit from the script.  Terry Thomas, playing his usual upper-crust Englishman equal parts outraged and dastardly, serves up this rant on an American obsession:   “As far as I can […]

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Writer, unblocked

This weekend I saw the Korean film Poetry, written and directed by Lee Chang-dong.  The movie follows Mija, an elderly woman just diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s.  She lives with her louse of a grandson (as my friend labeled him) Wook, a lazy, affectless teenage boy who never thanks her for anything. Mija learns that […]

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Ready for my close-up

I Want to Breathe by James Laughlin I want to breathe – you in I’m not talking about perfume or even the sweet odour – of your skin but of the air itself I want to share – your air inhaling what you exhale I’d like to be that – close two of us breathing […]

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All things pass

Today I spoke with someone in deep distress. The voice on the other end of the phone droned on in a monotone occasionally punctuated with a choking sound.  Hearing pain on the other end of the phone and being unable to offer physical comfort, I was left with a constipated kind of feeling. “Time heals, […]

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