Cashback – good movie

April 29, 2008


I just finished watching the British film “Cashback,” and I though it was great. The writing and directing is crisp and the acting is superb. It also has a great story – follow your dreams. It sounds trite to say that, but too often we don’t listen to even the most cliche of statements and dismiss them. By dismissing these statements we are dismissing our lives. So check out the movie, enjoy its soundtrack along with the above mentioned pieces and do what you’ve always wanted.

Another thing that is great is there are so many things that happen in the movie (the freezing of time) that the writing doesn’t even address. I love this because those little things are just vehicles to the story and don’t warrant comment, they fit seamlessly into the story. For that purpose I applaud the writer and director, because they didn’t jeopardize there are like someone in marketing was probably going to ask them to do.


Ginsberg Poem on Death

April 25, 2008

Check out this Allen Ginsberg poem and let’s get some thoughts flowing about it below.

Father Death Blues

Hey Father Death, I’m flying home
Hey poor man, you’re all alone
Hey old daddy, I know where I’m going

Father Death, Don’t cry any more
Mama’s there, underneath the floor
Brother Death, please mind the store

Old Aunty Death Don’t hide your bones
Old Uncle Death I hear your groans
O Sister Death how sweet your moans

O Children Deaths go breathe your breaths
Sobbing breasts’ll ease your Deaths
Pain is gone, tears take the rest

Genius Death your art is done
Lover Death your body’s gone
Father Death I’m coming home

Guru Death your words are true
Teacher Death I do thank you
For inspiring me to sing this Blues

Buddha Death, I wake with you
Dharma Death, your mind is new
Sangha Death, we’ll work it through

Suffering is what was born
Ignorance made me forlorn
Tearful truths I cannot scorn

Father Breath once more farewell
Birth you gave was no thing ill
My heart is still, as time will tell.

Allen Ginsberg

So what is going on here? Part of me wants to say that this poem is about everything we carry with us. All these people have died before the narrator (who is about to die himself), but he still carries little pieces of them with him, like the teachings of his father, or the love that he felt for a companion. I think Ginsberg is trying to reassure the reader that even in death little pieces of you are out in the ether of the world and because of that no one is ever lost. So it says “don’t mourn” because no one really dies. OR, he could be saying “don’t cry” because the life the narrator has lived was the fullest and he has truly embraced it with all the passion and audacity he could, so don’t mourn his passing because it is joyous – not sad.

Finally, it could just be a poem about the cycle of life and you shouldn’t mourn the passing of a soul because it returns to this world in a different form. Just some ideas. Maybe someone will have an idea in the comments section?

Ok, this is the final thing I am going to post on Kurt. Here is an interview he gave towards the end of his life about politics, his writing and just not getting killed by the smokes that promised to do it to him. Just perfect Vonnegut. I truly wish I had discovered my passion for writing and reading while he was still alive so I could have seen him speak, I think it would have been an amazing experience. Although, knowing Vonnegut, he’d probably say it wouldn’t matter. Enjoy.

Vonnegut Custom T-shirt

April 22, 2008

Just saw this and it applies perfectly to my earlier post about reading vonnegut. Check out this Customized Shirt.

Vonnegut Quote - T shirt

Vonnegut Quote – T


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Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.

-Kurt Vonnegut

I love this guy he has so many witty and biting quotes that make his books so fun to read but also incredibly thought provoking. I bring this up because I just started reading Player Piano which is my 5th novel I have read from Vonnegut.

Here is a huge collection of Vonnegut quotes

Slam Poet Teacher

April 18, 2008

I wish that all teachers thought like this and worked this hard to educate the youth of our country.

truly inspiring….

Power corrupts

April 16, 2008

“absolute power corrupts absolutely”
-John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

I love this quote and it is so true. The more the power of the masses gets into the hands of the few, the more they feel they deserve it and the less they help the people they were meant to serve. I can’t help but think how this applies to our current government and the atrocities that it has committed on our freedoms in this country.

Don’t believe in this quote? Well try reading about the Stanford Prison experiment. A group of normal students were put into positions of power and the rest were put into other positions, and what happened? Major abuse of power by normal people that were given it on an experimental basis.

Just finished reading Tim O’Brien’s July July, a novel about the intertwined lives of a small college graduating class returned for their 30 year reunion. I would say that in a nutshell the book is about taking chances on things that you know in your heart to be right, but not in your head. What does that mean? Well, for example, one character chooses the safe republican, rich husband option after graduating from college instead of the one she really loved, the hippy that was dodging the draft in Canada. And although she lived in the lap of luxury, she wasn’t happy and spent the rest of her time at the reunion trying to be back with the person she had truly loved. Tim O’Brien wants the reader to avoid these decisions and follow your heart – not your head. I think in honor of following your heart everyone should wear this trucker hat:

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(I am totally kidding by the way – I in no way endorse the use of trucker hats)

When I was a kid I remembered my parents taking me to the opera, ballet, and symphony – I hated it. I had to get dressed up, sit still, and if I wasn’t good I wouldn’t get a big cookie at intermission, pure torture for child. But, the entire time my partners were resolved, they knew I would appreciate it later, and I do. Now that I am older I understand how a basis in the classical performance arts helps to me to understand what else is going on in new media art.

But that is not my concern. My concern is that I always hear of operas suffering, symphonies closing, the audience is getting older, etc. These things are not good to maintain the basic function of these organizations. If parents don’t take their kids then the cycle ends and the viewership dwindles , ending the life of classic arts. I hope that parents start to take their children to these (I know I will) and realize that the kids may hate it now but will appreciate it later.

Red Wheelbarrow

April 10, 2008

So this is an interesting poem by William Carlos Williams:

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

-William Carlos Williams

What does it mean? At a very basic level it gives the reader a vivid image of American country life. But I think it is more than that. Williams claims that this poem is in response to the lavishly written works of European authors, but that can’t just be all since this poem is so famous and resonates with so many people that it must have a deeper more basic meaning. I think that it speaks of the
absolute NEED for a simplicity in life. We get bogged down in complex things, iphones, email, and other things and fail to recognize that none of it really matters except for the existence of life, nature, growth, and love. That is what is going on here – we sometimes need to respect the simplicity and primal nature of life and forget about the world that we create for ourselves.