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March/April 2001


"To relate is to create," Corita Kent said.  Anybody can do it, associating one thing with another, making connections, visualizing unexpected, previously unglimpsed aspects of an object, a person or a situation.

-- Bill Joyner

Two influential essays, Susan Sontags "Notes on Camp" and Pauline Kael's "Trash Art, and The Movies", argued that the frivolous should be taken more seriously.  They crystallized how the myths of popular culture and the transient pleasures of failed art enrich the style and texture of contemporary life.

--Michael Sragow in ROLLING STONE, 2-4-82


If the FBI went back far enough, I was always suspect; I never liked football.

--Daniel Berrigan

Our correspondences have wings -- paper birds that fly from my house to yours -- flocks of ideas criss-crossing the country.  Once they're opened, a connection is made. We are not alone in the world

--Terry T. Williams in REFUGE (Pantheon '91)

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted

--Mae West 

Transmutation takes place when you realize that you no longer have to abandon anything.  (Then) you begin to see the underlying qualities of wisdom in your life situation."

--Chogyam Trungpa

Death is no more than permission granted to other life, so that everything may be ceaselessly renewed.

--Andre Gide


Friday, March 9, 2001

Ang Lee - "For the Chinese audience, it is just in our blood.  You must hide your feelings.  That becomes the art itself, the metaphor and the symbolism, the use of color and framing.

It is a way of not saying something but of expressing it anyway.  And it is such an emotional outlet, especially for a repressed society.  The repressed emotional wish.  That is the hidden dragon."

And that was the juice in "Crouching Tiger", Mr. Lee said, the love unable to find words.


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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
If one is able to concentrate on the ebb and flow of the terrific sound track, as opposed to reading words, then the nuances of this gorgeous film lift the imagination far and away.  The dance/duels, combined with excellent mood-evoking color photography results in a beautiful epic.  Anyone who appreciates art in film should come away sated.

-- Karen Klosky


Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.

--Thomas Huxley

The air has changed, and we breathe in deeply a spring laden and filled with seed.

The seed is saved -
It frees the God within it by blossoming, by bearing fruit, by returning to earth once more.  Let us help the seed to save itself.

--Nikos Kazantzakis in SAVIORS OF GOD

...where all the sap is building up.  That is where the bud is ...
Like Darwin's trying to be a doctor, our efforts are (often) expended in one thing while our energy seeks to flow in another direction

--Elizabeth O'Connor

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who (is revealed) in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.

--Albert Einstein

Love enables our being able to see life from someone else's point of view, thus creating a bridge for understanding and empathy, where otherwise there might be only estrangement.  Love nourishes us with trust, when otherwise we might be overcome with fear and self-doubt.





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The Cinema Circus Movie-Go-Round
March - April 2001
Celluloid Friends Worth Revisiting

Bill Joyner


The Rocky Horror Picture Show is, of course, shockingly rude, authentically vulgar, and yet, it's astounding!  Susan Sarandon at her very early best, the spooky high comedy of it all, the joyfulness of rock opera at its best!  Yes, it does seem to slide out of control at times, but that's the whole "massage", to lose control, to fall into a time warp of pure absurdity and simply go with the twisted perspective of the human psycho-sexual scene so hilariously laid out for us.  Richard O'Brien, who created the whole show and plays the part of "Riff Raff", he's the real star throughout, even in the very beginning as he sarcastically sings the juxtapositional background lyrics of "Janet" disguised as a kind of "American Gothic" church janitor.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show seems only to improve with age and repetition, a classic of "trash art" currently a new stage production with Joan Jett as Columbia.

The Magician is an experience I could not put in the background.  I had to watch it straight through!  Long ago I had been amazed at it, and am equally impressed now.  It has that familiar dark, brooding look of early black & white Bergman films, but there is a strong undertow of ironic hilarity here that is somewhat uncharacteristic of his work.  A line from Leonard Cohen's poetry is suggestive of the theme, "God is alive, magic is afoot," although in this case, I would paraphrase it this way, "Magic is alive, love is afoot." (1958 010 minutes)

"The real complaining party at the bar in this courtroom is civilization!" Spencer Tracy's character declares in Judgment at Nuremberg.  This unforgettable dramatization of the post WWII Nuremberg war crime trials is heavy stuff, deeply illuminating and graced with powerful performances by great old-time stars like Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich and Maximilian Schell, who won an Oscar for best supporting actor in his role as a suave, compassionately fascist lawyer for the big time Nazi defendants -- and who now is appearing in the Broadway production of this story.  The most astonishing moment in the movie is when Burt Lancaster, as one of those high-level Nazi defendants, stands up and interrupts the merciless interrogation of a witness (Judy Garland) by Schell, stating to the court, in essence, that, yes, we did know what we were doing and we are responsible! "Where were we," he asks, "when every village had its railway terminal for the transport of men, women and children t the death camps?"  We are guilty, he concludes, because we went along with it.  So much is revealed in this long, but compellingly interesting film about moral compromise and complicity with forces of unspeakable evil. (1961, 178 minutes)

Bad Day at Black Rock is exactly that!  It's a day of reckoning and of confronting the truth.  Everybody in town knows it from the moment Spencer Tracy steps off the train, looking like a man who means business, someone who is intent upon finding out about something the townsfolk would rather just forget.  As with Judgment at Nuremberg, this is a story about complicity with evil and the moral courage required to stand up and speak out when confronted with injustice.  "An outcry against bigotry, the film has also been described as an allegorical indictment of the Hollywood blacklist," according to notes on the video cover. (1954, 78 minutes)




A Message in Eroding Glacial Ice: Humans Are Turning Up the Heat
by Andrew C. Revkin

The icecap atop Mount Kilimanjarro, which for thousands of years has floated like a cool beacon over the shimmering plain of Tanzania, is retreating at such a pace that it will disappear in less than 15 years, according to new studies.

The vanishing of the seemingly perpetual snows of Kilimanjarro that inspired Ernest Hemingway, echoed by similar trends on ice-capped peaks from Peru to Tibet, is one of the clearest signs that a global warming trend in the last 50 years may have exceeded typical climate shifts and is at least partly caused by gases released by human activities, a variety of scientists say.

Private charity... and personal service ... are no substitute for public justice.  All the soup kitchens and homeless shelters in the world cannot make up for the unjust allocation of public resources.

-- Marian Wright Edelman


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