Just watched 'the Take,' awesome work on a really exciting set of happenings: the rebuilding of Argentina by the workers via 'recovered' factories, af...moreJust watched 'the Take,' awesome work on a really exciting set of happenings: the rebuilding of Argentina by the workers via 'recovered' factories, after its collapse due to globalization. Must read this! This is written by one of the guys on the crew for the film. They taped 200 hours worth of footage. Amazing. Must also truly actually read shock doctrine now. I didn't realize watching the film that it was Naomi Klein, that that was her throughout it all. So, that's that, now.(less)
Just came upon this and it drew me in for a re-read.. with a vague reminiscence..
Then, 20 pages in, it's clear: This is the one! This is the book with...moreJust came upon this and it drew me in for a re-read.. with a vague reminiscence..
Then, 20 pages in, it's clear: This is the one! This is the book with the depiction of the woman who is homeless, but who copes with it for years, working as a cleaning women, keeping her homelessness secret. Never getting foodstamps even, never getting housing assistance, her kids don't care much, her ex-husband really doesn't care, no human contact; wear lipstick always, many other daily rules to 'pass' for normal (with home). Something quietly nerve-wracking about that character, has kind of haunted me ever since.
This was written in '94, with no huge big recession in sight, a time of 'prosperity' here. In this way, this work is historical, as it captures perfectly the class divide in this country during 'good' times.
Also, have to say, the pictures of marriages in this book had their effect on me as well; when the first ended, didn't ever become a goal to quick - get married again!! Hurry! Not. Rather be alone than in a bad marriage (of any kind), and the thinkings these women go through (especially Lelia, the 'happiest' of the 3) has continued to create a level of contentment in my life as it is. Until a clear situation presents itself..
Through it all, Marge's tough-to-read-at-times tones and nuances, but I like her level of detail, so it's all just fine.
Reading this again now is like purging fibrous fear-tumors from my psyche.. Seeing the words on the page that have resonated since last time, coupled with my actual situation today, burn away these accumulations.. have been watching this show that I'd seen as a young child, that I think scared me, burning that away as well. Spring cleaning!
Anyway, here's one of those sentences:
"Her life was always about to tip over like a precarious pile of crockery she must keep balanced." Can so relate.
And the parts with Mary, the main character who's homeless, talking with Beverly who's also homeless (at only her mid-40's) and was attacked, in the hospital, also clang with an especially metallic air:
"although Mary felt their lives had been so different when they were both 'inside the fold' to use Beverly's phrase, that she was never sure what Beverly pictured. 'Sometimes,' she said to Beverly, 'when I'm talking about Cindy or Jaime or my ex-husband, suddenly I feel as if I'm telling you about some woman I work for, or as if I made it all up. It's so far away. Do you ever feel that way?" "'She hates to think about her life before. (Beverly only speaks of herself in the 3rd person) If she does, she gets mad. Then all she can do is mutter and kick the curb, and then she looks even crazier.' Beverly gave that gaunt gap-toothed grin."(less)
Ok, I didn't *read* this, but plays are meant to be seen, not read. And I saw it - well, not the play, but the uber-excellent film made my Mike Nichol...moreOk, I didn't *read* this, but plays are meant to be seen, not read. And I saw it - well, not the play, but the uber-excellent film made my Mike Nichols with Meryl Streep and everyone. Very luscious. I saw it again last week, while home sick. I'd been wanting to see it, as Tony Kushner is here opening a new work and having stagings of multiple prior works. It's all Kushner, all the time. It's wonderful. So, in case I get to fit in any of the performances, I wanted to see this of his again. And this time, I knew what to expect more. It didn't overwhelm me nearly as much. In fact, I was prepared to be overwhelmed, and I wasn't. It was almost like a micro-experience. Scenes I'd remembered as going on forever seemed very short. Speaks to the effect of surprise on one's viewing experience, I guess. But back to the words of it and all - in a review of one of his plays here, a reviewer used the word 'Proclamatory' to describe it. I was so relieved. That's how I'd felt about it, but hadn't known how to describe it. But that's exactly it. Not that there isn't a plot, and characters, and forward motion (on so many levels), but much of the action and dialogue and monologues do, in fact, proclaim. And, more in keeping with my prior reaction, much of it felt beyond my grasp. I mean, I just couldn't gain traction with parts of it. Much about America, and Freedom, and Love, and whatnot. Tony said things, and I couldn't disagree or agree, or even nod my head. There were collections of words I just couldn't add up the meanings to. One small example: A death, a request to forgive, a refusal to forgive, a suggestion that: perhaps forgiveness is where justice and love meet. Ok, I know what all those words mean, but, the sum of them in that organization, I can't get there. 'Where love and justice meet' - they meet? They're normally separate? Like parallel lines? Only, in forgiveness, these parallel lines cross? Or, the personal (love) separate from the public (justice).....?? Or love between people, justice for those who've done wrong...love prevents justice (lack of forgiveness) or love and justice as two different effects, meeting in the choice of forgiveness perhaps. A big part of my experience was that I wasn't all there, recovering from a sleepless night due to episodic illness. So, thinking powers were reduced. Clearly, causing me to miss whole impacts of this rich, essential work. Much of it still delighted me and was very wonderful. The part about how God does change - perfect. Lou's reaction to Joe's professional work, Mother Pitt about disappointment, Ethel Rosenberg's reaction with her eyes to one thing Roy Cohn says, the Rabbi's initial speech. That initial speech at the funeral alone is priceless, about immigrants and what they brought with them to the US. I tear up just thinking about it. Harper's piece towards the end about how nothing is lost, nothing is in vain; that too. How Belize gets the first few bottles of AZT from Roy fascinates. Mother Pitt is so awesome. Joe's perfect... what.. insanity? And such a great look at conservatism, and race in the US, and how the gay community dealt with the AIDS crisis as it hit, and the price paid by women married to closeted gay men almost most of it; except so much of the rest is also very fully related. But all of Lou's ramblings go past me - and I think some of them are supposed to, but that I'm also missing some. Next time I see it, with my faculties all in place, hopefully will gain entire additional meanings. My advice to you: see it when you're at your best, to gain the most from it.(less)
Baseball time again! My grandfather had a great spitball, threw out his arm the night before tryouts for a major league team about 90 years ago! Perha...moreBaseball time again! My grandfather had a great spitball, threw out his arm the night before tryouts for a major league team about 90 years ago! Perhaps that's why I tend to enjoy the sport, as do most others in my family. This book looks like a kinda sweet take on it, with enough real-world anchoring to suit me. This one and the next one (which was made into a film) would be fun to catch up on.(less)
Oh my goodness, a Blast from the Past. The theater I belonged to in college put this on. It was one of those done for reasons involving the expiration...moreOh my goodness, a Blast from the Past. The theater I belonged to in college put this on. It was one of those done for reasons involving the expiration of copyright, ease of staging and size of cast more than dramatic merit, was my impression. I think it may even have been what they were doing my first quarter at the U, but I'm not sure. Wow.
So I didn't 'read' it as much as experience it, and am rating on that. It has a warm place in my heart though, nonetheless!(less)
Looks fascinating, would be especially fascinating for me as I'm relatively ignorant about it all. To the point where I probably haven't heard most of...moreLooks fascinating, would be especially fascinating for me as I'm relatively ignorant about it all. To the point where I probably haven't heard most of what he's talking about. Wonder if he covers Jazz and Blues much, I might be ok there.
Anyway, checked, and it's at my local lovely library.. perhaps I'll peruse it some time when I have more time.(less)
I think I'd have to be in a really particular mood to get into this book - or maybe after seeing the Dear-John-Cusack film if I liked that a lot? We'l...moreI think I'd have to be in a really particular mood to get into this book - or maybe after seeing the Dear-John-Cusack film if I liked that a lot? We'll see..
Note - 'Drop City' by him is in 1001 list, and well-liked by some..(less)
My daughter saw this film, and now she wants me to buy it for the house! I'm shocked!!! And she first saw the first half of it at a language camp seve...moreMy daughter saw this film, and now she wants me to buy it for the house! I'm shocked!!! And she first saw the first half of it at a language camp several years ago!!! I don't know what the world is coming to.
Certainly there are things that are interesting about it, and it's more than simply the gratuitous shocker I was tempted to slot it as when I saw it. The effect-of-media-on-people aspects and what's-going-on-with-masculinity and so on, for instance.
The soap aspects still kinda turn my stomach slightly when I think of it, must just have been something about my mood that day or something. Anyway, in order to have a more nuanced stance regarding it, perhaps I'll read the book. We'll see..(less)
Aha! Just from the first few pages, it's not 100% as bleak at the end as the movie. Excellent..
After Brokeback, I'm going to hopefully read the rest a...moreAha! Just from the first few pages, it's not 100% as bleak at the end as the movie. Excellent..
After Brokeback, I'm going to hopefully read the rest according to publication date. Looks like my library has copies of all of it.
Anyway, this was a delight to read. Completely fascinating the scenes and dialogue that was picked right up off the page and used in the film. And I feel better now about the ending; although it some ways it's worse - knowing all that Ennis continues to muse over. That he continues to feel great pleasure and love from it; but also re-imagines Jack's death as well. So awful.
Until society moves beyond each hatred though, it is necessary to see it.
Kudos to her for bringing it so vividly real!(less)