Sunday, May 23, 2004
TO YOU, PETE!!!
9/11 wins the Palme D'Or!!!Last
night, the jury here at the 57th Cannes Film Festival awarded
the Palme D'Or, one of the highest honors in filmmaking, to Fahrenheit
9/11. Michael and everyone who worked on the film were completely
blown away. Four of the nine festival jury members were American,
and only one of the jurors was French. Fahrenheit 9/11 is the
first documentary to win the Palme since Jacques Cousteau's 'The
Silent World' in 1956.
HEY, PETE, HAPPY
at this moment i pause from handing out
actual diplomas to my homeroom crowd... and saying goodbye...
to say that... at this moment i pause from handing out actual
diplomas to my homeroom crowd... and saying goodbye
Saturday, May 22, 2004
Rothschild: A progressive media honcho answers readers' questionsWho, in your opinion, is
the top progressive writer in the U.S. today? How about your favorite
in history? -- Blaine Egen, Knoxville, Tenn.
Wow, I can't narrow it down that
far. But here are some of my current favorites: Molly Ivins, Barbara
Ehrenreich, Katha Pollitt, Ruth Conniff, Alexander Cockburn, John
Nichols, Laura Flanders, Adolph Reed, Naomi Klein, Michael Albert,
David Barsamian, Barbara Kingsolver, Edwidge Danticat, Dan Savage,
Salim Muwakkil, Thomas Frank, Wendell Berry, Adrienne Rich, Sherman
Alexie, and Julia Alvarez.
in history? Oh, my! W. H. Auden, Fighting Bob La Follette, Milton
Mayer, June Jordan, Mark Twain, Tom Paine, Frederick Douglass,
Susan B. Anthony, Ida Tarbell, James Baldwin, Thoreau, Martin
Luther King Jr., and Rachel Carson.
lessons from poetry classA
school military liaison and the high school principal accused
the girl of being 'un-American' because she criticized the war
in Iraq and the Bush administration's failure to give substance
to its 'No child left behind' education policy.
The girl's mother, also a teacher, was ordered by
the principal to destroy the child's poetry. The mother refused
and may lose her job.
on the other hand... just my conjecture...
these animals in rousseau's work may have no literal real-world
counterpart... such pure spirits... just pop up... here's another
cat from Tropical Storm with Tiger (Surprise!) 1891...
bad lightning kept me offline last night
so i couldn't post in honor of henri rousseau's 160th birthday...
here's what may have been pierre loti's cat... painted by 'le
Friday, May 21, 2004
to bring together environmental writers from around the country
In an era when natural resources
are being threatened and awareness of the environment and mankind's
place in it are resting in the public's thought, environmental
writing has become an important way to express concern and thought,
said a professor of the craft from the University of Montana.
'The connection to the natural
world and other forms of life has always been vital to humans,'
said Phil Condon. 'People have also become dissatisfied with writing
that gives the illusion that that relationship isn't important.'
something of a nonexistent day so far...
morning at the senior honors assembly with a loud storm outside...
finished when we were... drove to the restaurant for senior brunch...
my first and perhaps only... it was... brunch... back home to
no classes... this open space that looks for the moment like an
accident... too sudden... but accommodated in time
Thursday, May 20, 2004
a Dark Time
has been listening to jackson browne:I've been waiting for something
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
might ask what it takes to remember
know that you've seen it before
Where a government
lies to a people
And a country is drifting to
... such good stuff:the angel came to him & said
Iâ_m sorry, mac, but
talked it over
to have to live
a thousand years
yesterday i pushed hard... a marathon of final exam
essay reading... a marathon of message board post counting...
a marathon of aplit and worldlit grade figuring... and even had
time to pause for the (vague) west wing season closer... had time
to encourage the cat to eat this most excellent food from a can
(met with disdain)...
having punched all grades into the school program... having sent
grade reports to our online program (out to students and parents)...
sit back and wait for
the complaints... listen to this fine bach by the emerson quartet...
type a pome or two... type a this or that... beccause and but...
i feel kinda done in... like i've been through it.. something...
now i'm at the start of time
unstructured... and yet i need to come here every day in my shirt
and tie and professional pants... and do... what... something...
pack up the classroom... tidy up the guts of file cabinets...
type a few pomes...
is senior honors assembly followed by senior brunch out at a nice
place... so tomorrow i'll have something to do... and then i can
come home without going back to school... the weekend... but now...
books can be read... what first? song of solomon... the iceman
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
BurlesqueIn a sense,
the near simultaneous appearance of the Victoria's Secret ad and
the new Dylan record â_" the magnificent "Bob
Dylan Live 1964," the sixth volume in Columbia's "Bootleg
Series" â_" is a pretty fair case study of the
relationship between popular art and commerce, and the way that
relationship has evolved over the last four decades.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
well... i'm ready for tomorrow... but
not the day after
Arvo PÃ¤rt's Credo
(1968) came today... holy cow... PÃ¤rt speaks from
the liner notes:
1960's I became so fascinated by the central idea of Christianity
'Love your enemies' that it gave birth to my composition Credo.
The work comprises two musically opposing, colliding worlds:
one serial and aleatoric, the other an arrangement of a prelude
What I wanted to
show through the work's unfoldingâ_"inexorable like
a chain reactionâ_"is the postulate 'An eye for an
eye, a tooth for a tooth', harmless as it may seem in its initial
stage, only gradually displays the full destructive dimensions
of its true face: an escalation of power that, like an avalanche,
eventually comes up against its own limits. What at first we perceive
as human justice finally turns into its opposite. 'Do not resist
one who is evil'... 'Love your enemiesâ_"there is nothing
more radical and enigmatic than these words of Christ, which nearly
burst the bounds of our reason. And yet..."
Monday, May 17, 2004
Dylan fan wins Oxford poetry postThe Oxford establishment candidate, Christopher
Ricks, a man sometimes accused of loving the lyrics of Bob Dylan
as fervently as he does the epics of John Milton, has become one
of the few academics in the last half century to win the university's
poetry professorship. He took the post, the most cherished of
its kind after the poet laureateship, by 39 votes in a result
declared on Saturday.
... but it's too creepy... and i am not a brave person
been sitting in my lonely classroom counting
them posts... which is hard on the brain and that part of the
back of the neck that covers the brain stem... out the window
full of sun a breeze... many miles to go... but soon as the bell
rings i'm gonna sleep...
first exam taken and half-read... a big
stretch of open time to get things done... too much mint in the
garden... bloody barbarian hordes... counting posts
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