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Du levande

Roy Andersson.

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Werner Herzog eats his shoe

This is worth seeing every little once in a while.

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Diego, Frida, and Leon in Mexico, 1938

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Så som i himmelen

I saw this really beautiful Swedish film last night, As it is in Heaven, and now I see that there is a sequel in preparation, Så ok på jorden, to be released in the fall. In the meantime you should see Så som i himmelen which is, of course, quite Swedish.

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Things you could not do in Spanish classes before the Internet

Derrotero.

He advertido que en general la aquiescencia concedida por el hombre en situación de leyente a un riguroso eslabonamiento dialéctico, no es más que una holgazana incapacidad para tantear las pruebas que el escritor aduce y una borrosa confianza en la honradez del mismo. Pero una vez cerrado el volumen y dispersada la lectura, apenas queda en su memoria una síntesis más o menos arbitraria del conjunto leído. Para evitar desventaja tan señalada, desecharé en los párrafos que siguen toda severa urdimbre lógica y hacina­ré los ejemplos.

No hay tal yo de conjunto. Cualquier actualidad de la vida es enteriza y suficiente. ¿Eres tú acaso al sopesar estas inquietudes algo más que una indiferencia resbalante sobre la argumentación que señalo, o un juicio acerca de las opiniones que muestro?

Yo, al escribirlas, sólo soy una certidumbre que inquiere las palabras más aptas para persuadir tu atención. Ese propósito y algunas sensaciones musculares y la visión de límpida enramada que ponen frente a mi ventana los árboles, construyen mi yo actual.

Fuera vanidad suponer que ese agregado psíquico ha menester asirse a un yo para gozar de validez absoluta, a ese conjetural Jorge Luis Borges en cuya lengua cupo tanto sofisma y en cuyos solitarios paseos los atardeceres del suburbio son gratos.

Aside from the importance of the argument being made, look at the beautiful writing.

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Postscript on fine arts

I would of course love to do a BFA in plastic arts, painting, ceramics, sculpture especially (I would never have known that had I not tried it, I did not like sculpture to look at, very much, until I had a sculpture assignment and to my surprise, really liked it). I would also like to do an MFA in writing, just for the sake of having time to develop craft. Nonetheless I am so allergic to MFA-generated poetry, and the words “he has good writing credentials, he has an MFA” make me want to run in the other direction with my fingers in my ears.

Just sayin’.

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Carl Djerassi

Carl Djerassi died todayLook at his life and look at thisartist residencies we must be selected for.

I think it is interesting how he allowed himself to do so many things in life. I identify.

We were not supposed to do so many things because we were not considered talented enough and also because it was not genteel to put so much effort into life.
In my first education trying so hard was something to be ashamed of, as if you thought you were worth something, and also as if you needed the money — and as if you needed to try, were not a natural.

In Reeducation one was to be leaving off trying for thingsBut I am ambitious. I can so clearly see all that could be done. I think my student can get one of these residencies.

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