Friday, May 31, 2013

Trinity's last words in The Matrix series

I wish I hadn't. That was my last thought. I wished I had one more chance to say what really mattered; to say how much I loved you, how grateful I was for every moment I was with you. But by the time I said what I wanted to, it was too late. But you brought me back. You gave me my wish. One more chance to say what I really wanted to say... Kiss me, once more. Kiss me.

[That moment when you watch a movie and cry about fictional characters.]

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

R.E.M.- I Believe (and Poem) - YouTube

R.E.M.- I Believe (and Poem) - YouTube

Syd Straw Feat Michael Stipe - Future 40's (String Of Pearls) - YouTube

Syd Straw Feat Michael Stipe - Future 40's (String Of Pearls) - YouTube

Future 40'S (String Of Pearls)
(Syd Straw/Michael Stipe/Jody Harris)

Hey man I'm making moves
and I am so much stronger than you.
I am so much stronger,
I am so much stronger than you.
Everybody thinks the way that we thought,
we thought ahead and look what we got.
I did not invent this world,
Call my words a string of pearls.
But you will find the sheen
loses all its luster.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book | Brain Pickings

Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book | Brain Pickings

"...filled with a sense of Naoko's presence"

"With Naoko gone, I went to sleep on the sofa. I hadn't intended to do so, but I fell into the kind of deep sleep I had not had for a long time, filled with a sense of Naoko's presence. In the kitchen were the dishes Naoko ate from, in the bathroom was the toothbrush Naoko used, and in the bedroom was the bed in which Naoko slept. Sleeping soundly in this apartment of hers, I wrung the fatigue from every cell of my body, drop by drop. I dreamed of a butterfly dancing in the half-light."

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

Gwen Stacy + Kurt Vonnegut

Since I live in the time-delay world of paying huge amounts of $$$ for cable, and thus never go to the movies anymore (sigh) and never use Netflix or rent DVDs (because of stated indebtedness to the cable bill), I just watched The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

A few days later I had to watch it again—it is quite good except for the manipulation of the details of the origin story that does mostly keep the essence of the myth intact—mainly because I spotted something interesting while Gwen Stacy sat outside at lunch in an early scene of the film.

And, yes, she is holding a copy of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle:

A damned fine if-not-wonderful novel that has a bit of a web motif:

But also it is a cautionary tale about science. Dr. Felix Hoenikker enters the novel as a father of the atomic bomb, inventor of ice-nine, and personification of the division between science and morality:
After the thing [atomic bomb] went off, after it was a sure thing that America could wipe out a city with just one bomb, a scientist turned to Father and said, "Science has now known sin." And do you know what Father said? He said, "What is sin?" (Cat’s Cradle 17)

R.E.M.'s Brave New World | Music News | Rolling Stone

R.E.M.'s Brave New World | Music News | Rolling Stone

Adrienne Rich on Love, Loss, Creative Process, and Public vs. Private Happiness | Brain Pickings

Adrienne Rich on Love, Loss, Creative Process, and Public vs. Private Happiness | Brain Pickings

Monday, March 4, 2013

"Maybe that's why people don't like me."

"You're very clear about what you like and what you don't like," she said.

"Maybe so," I said. "Maybe that's why people don't like me. Never have."

"It's cause you show it," she said. "You make it obvious you don't care whether people like you or not. That makes some people mad." She spoke in a near mumble, chin in hand. "But I like talking to you. The way you talk is so unusual. 'I don't like having something control me that way.'"

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"I felt almost guilty being me"

"My arm was not the one she needed, but the arm of someone else. My warmth was not what she needed, but the warmth of someone else. I felt almost guilty being me."

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Critical Insights Kurt Vonnegut

Critical Insights: Kurt VonnegutEditor: Rob Tally

ISBN: 978-1-4298-3832-0
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Critical InsightsKurt Vonnegut
Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Vonnegut and the critical discussions surrounding his work. 

Critical acclaim eluded Kurt Vonnegut until Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969. An immediate best seller, it earned for the author respect from critics who had previously dismissed him as a mediocre science-fiction writer. Over the course of his career, Vonnegut was honored as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, as a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and as the Distinguished Professor of English Prose at the City University of New York. Through his insightful and sympathetic treatment of the psychologically and morally crippled victims of the modern world, Vonnegut earned a reputation as one of the greatest humanist writers of his time.

Edited by Robert T. Tally Jr., an assistant professor of English at Texas State University and Vice President of The Kurt Vonnegut Society, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the popular late-twentieth-century American novelist. For readers who are studying Vonnegut for the first time, a biographical sketch relates the details of his life and four essays survey the critical reception of his work, explore its cultural and historical contexts, situate Vonnegut among his contemporaries, and review key themes in his work. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the writer can then move on to other original essays that explore a bevy of topics, such as major thematic trajectories in Vonnegut’s work, the significance of metafiction in Vonnegut’s works, Vonnegut’s relationship with conventional Christianity, and Vonnegut’s use of generic conventions. Works discussed include Slaughterhouse-FiveBreakfast of ChampionsHocus Pocus,Cat’s Cradle, and The Sirens of Titan. Among the contributors are Ádám T. Bogár, Charles J. Shields, Donald Morse, Peter Freese, Lara Narcisi, and Shiela Pardee.

Rounding out the volume are a chronology of Vonnegut’s life and a list of his principle publications as well as a bibliography for readers seeking to study this fascinating author in greater depth.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

5 Top Regrets People Have At the End of Their Lives | Alternet

5 Top Regrets People Have At the End of Their Lives | Alternet

You Are the Everything on Vimeo

You Are the Everything on Vimeo

The Complete R.E.M. Lyrics Archive
You Are The Everything

From: Green

Sometimes I feel like I can't even sing (say, say, the light)
I'm very scared for this world
I'm very scared for me
Eviscerate your memory
Here's a scene
You're in the back seat laying down
The windows wrap around
To sound of the travel and the engine
All you hear is time stand still in travel
and feel such peace and absolute
The stillness still that doesn't end
But slowly drifts into sleep
The stars are the greatest thing you've ever seen
And they're there for you
For you alone you are the everything

I think about this world a lot and I cry
And I've seen the films and the eyes
But I'm in this kitchen
Everything is beautiful
And she is so beautiful
She is so young and old
I look at her and I see the beauty
Of the light of music
The voices talking somewhere in the house
Late spring and you're drifting off to sleep
With your teeth in your mouth
You are here with me
You are here with me
You have been here and you are everything

(repeat 1st verse)

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