Private Property – A Film Review – A Long Day’s Journey Into The Next Day

This is a film review of “Private Property,” a French film (Nue Propriété): I give it 5 out of 5 stars. – – – – This film presents this premise: We choose many of our confinements. Modern men and women have amazingly broad discretion to choose how we confine ourselves. We choose the conditions under which…

Some Thoughts On Writing – And A Few Comments About The Movie “Juno”

I stopped writing this blog about 10 days ago.  I considerately let readers know I didn’t know when I was going to post again.  I expected readership to dwindle, or to at least fall off significantly.  Instead, as many or more people keep visiting each day.   I started this blog for many reasons, including attempts to find…

Don’t Wait on the World to Change

John Mayer had a hit song in 2006 titled “Waiting on the World to Change,” and unfortunately, the title was not a play on words. I didn’t appreciate the song because it essentially condoned and excused the apathy of a younger generation, rationalizing a lack of political involvement and activism.  If you want to read the song’s…

Tony Kushner – Angels In America

I think my first love loved Tony Kushner.  I didn’t know (and I still don’t know) all the reasons why.  The last movie she told me she liked was Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” screenplay by Tony Kushner.  I love Tony Kushner for his intellect, independent thoughts, and craftmanship. (Click on the images if you wish to view…

What was your Eve moment?

What was your Eve moment? One of the first stories in the Bible is a story that discourages questioning authority. The Bible begins with a story suggesting that life “used to be” idealic and paradise until a woman came along and began seeking knowledge. The story goes that Adam and Eve were doing just fine and…

Brandi Carlile – The Heartache Can Wait

“The Heartache Can Wait” lyrics by Brandi Carlile: You’re talking ’bout leavin’ It’s right about Christmas time Thinkin’ ’bout moving on I think I might die inside I’m thinking about years gone by I’m thinking about church at midnight I’m thinking about letting go I think that might finally be alright, but this is where…

Appreciating and Responding to Several Recent Kind Comments

I have consistently hoped and worked toward this blog becoming a place for intelligent, considerate, and emotionally weighted conversations on the arts, sexuality, and ethics.  I am grateful to everyone who shares their ideas and art references.  Each voice, each new perspective, and each new artwork improves the quality and scope of the discussions.  As…

Seeking One More Light

“Seeking One More Light”  When parents don’t agree with their childrens’ behaviors . . . Some parents punish their children by putting them into a dark room Some parents do it literally, turning off the lights and locking the doors Others do it by giving the silent treatment and cutting off communication with their child…

Willa Cather – A Review of Her Book “Alexander’s Bridge”

Willa Cather’s 1912 novel “Alexander’s Bridge:” 4 out of 5 Stars “Alexander’s Bridges” This is an amazing story about a successful engineer and his simultaneous romantic relationships with two brilliant and capable women.  Originally published in 1912, it must have been scandalous, creating sympathetic portrayals of each of the three main characters:  Bartley Alexander, a…

Hey Eugene! – Nellie McKay & Pink Martini – The Importance of Not Forgetting To Be Humorous . . . Oh, & P.S. I Love You

Today on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed musician Nellie McKay. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16503513 “Basically, I like music by dead people.” – Nellie McKay. Terry Gross:  Your mother carried around a dummy wallet for muggers? Nellie McKay:  Oh, yeah.  – – – – Pink Martini: (The photo above is a marquee from Portland, Oregon, the home base of the…

I Suffer From Some Madness

I’m not sure you’d call it mental illness or even mental dysfunction. When I was young, I lost someone. That loss has often defined me. What do you do when a loss leaves a notorious open wound that will not close and that will not heal? That question churns in my head regularly. The person…

Romance – One More Definition

Romance – n. – a human desire for the world to be more intent on kindness, emotions, sensory connections, and love. Above Artwork by rougerouge. http://www.flickr.com/people/rougerouge/ (Click on images to view them individually.) – – – – Artwork by Artwork by .séverine: http://www.flickr.com/people/natur_elle/ Artwork by Ray Edgar: http://www.flickr.com/people/rayedgar/ Artwork by …cathzilla: http://www.flickr.com/people/cathzilla/ Artwork by Santi-Jose: http://www.flickr.com/people/santijose/ Artwork by express…

Xavier Ramonède – XAV – Lusts For Life – 1 of 2

Artworks by Xavier Ramonède, aka “XAV”: (Click on images to view them individually.) © All rights reserved by Xavier Ramonède. http://www.sushixav.com/ http://sushixav.blogspot.com/ http://www.myspace.com/xaaav – – – – Most Recent Artworks   All the Artists’ Artworks Index   my43things

Innovation In Art – There Are Good Reasons Why We Place More Value On Human-Crafted Artworks Than We Do On Mirrors

The above drawing is by me.  It is from a photo of George Harrison taken by Pattie Boyd. Sunshine is more than just love.  It is illumination, warmth, growth, renewal, new days . . . and more. There are good reasons why we place more value on unique and intelligent human-crafted artworks than we do on…

Bruce Springsteen – Silence is Unpatriotic

Bruce Springsteen was interviewed recently on 60 Minutes.  The entire audio of the interview can be found in the 60 Minutes podcasts on iTunes.  The transcript of the interview and video excerpts can be found at CBSNEWS.com. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/04/60minutes/main3330463.shtml I am reprinting the interview here because I strongly support what Bruce Springsteen is saying, and I don’t know…

Randy Pausch Medical Update, A Kind Jane’s Guide Review, and Tomorrow’s Oprah is about Polygamy in America

Randy Pausch I did a post recently on Randy Pausch, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The post can be read here. Here is a medical update of his efforts to overcome his cancers, from his website which can be found here: “On Oct 1st, I had a CT-scan, and a follow-up PET-CT scan…

Alison Bechdel – Fun Home – An Epic Journey Toward Honesty

When your father is an exacting home renovator, meticulous interior decorator, local mortician, high shcool English teacher, and closeted homosexual, who you suspect likely had sexual relations with adolescent boys – if you’re like most autobiopic authors these days, then you’d probably write your own private hyperbolic “Running With Scissors,” throwing everything up against the…

Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4, a high school musical

“1 2 3 4″ lyrics by Feist:  One two three four Tell me that you love me more Sleepless long nights That is what my youth was for Oh teenage hopes are alive at your door Left you with nothing but they want some more Oh you’re changing your heart Oh you know who you…

Max Andersson – Seeing the Spaces in Between

Artworks by Max Andersson: (Click on images to view them individually.) I like art because it takes me to places I don’t already understand.  I did not used to like “foreign” things.  In my late teens and 20s, I had to be re-taught to appreciate things that were not already defined and familiar to me. I…

“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White Ts

Artwork by OnoLulu  “Hey there Delilah” lyrics by Plain White Ts  Hey there Delilah What’s it like in New York City? I’m a thousand miles away But girl tonight you look so pretty Yes you do Times Square can’t shine as bright as you I swear it’s true  Artwork by Thomas Rosenzweig Hey there Delilah Don’t…

Things That Could Not Be Improved #4: Deadly Robert Downey Jr., The Blow’s “Come On Petunia,” Emily Dickinson, Pavel Wolberg, Musadeq Sadeq, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Doug Sneyd

“Junior . . . Robert Downey Jr.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Downey_Jr. This is the 4th edition of “Things That Could Not Be Improved,” a grouping of things that need not be, or could not be, improved.  I’m not a proponent of perfection, but I love seeing such well conceived and well crafted artworks:  (Click on images to view them…