THE MOVIES SEARCH FOR SPIRIT: Excerpts from a phenomenal speech by Barbara Nicolosi. Stuff in bold is my emphasis....There is an artistic movement crowding in on Hollywood which is pushing this idea more and more. It is changing cinema, or in many ways, restoring cinema to its roots in the lyrical, poetic imagery of the Silent Screen.I call this movement, The "Don't Show How Things Look, Tell Us What They Mean" Movement. It is being driven very much by a young crop of directors who made … [Read more...]

"HEPHAESTUS: For the mind of Zeus is hard to soften with prayer and every ruler is harsh whose rule is new." --Aeschylus, "Prometheus Bound," tr. David Grene … [Read more...]

AUTHOR TURNS LOVE OF RATS INTO BOOK: Sullivan's book tracks the history of rats, describes such oddities as the promoters of rat fights in the 19th century and details a convention of exterminators.While he once captured a rat, Sullivan says he has never brought one home nor is he likely to adopt one as a pet."No I never kept a rat. I'm married," he explained.moreVia (who else?) The Rat. … [Read more...]

WHICH CICADA ARE YOU? Stupidly funny. I am Teenage Mutant Ninja Cicadas! … [Read more...]

"KISSABLE PICTURES": OOH OOH, THEY'RE OBSESSED WITH YOU. In which John is disturbed and disturbing, and our music journalist attends a concert.More workaday prose here, sorry, and a few placeholders that I will change in the final version. But there are a couple things in this segment that I like. There are two or maybe three sections left after this one.The usual warning: This story has sex in it. (Not, as such, in this section.) It has creepiness in it (this section and passim). This story … [Read more...]

FREE THE IRAQI PRESS!: Excellent piece from the Weekly Standard. Excerpts:...Then came bad news. On March 20, the Coalition issued Decree Number 66, signed by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, turning the Iraqi Media Network into the Iraqi Public Service Broadcaster, a government media enterprise equivalent to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Zayer and the al-Sabah staff professed shock that, under the decree, their newspaper would become a state-owned newspaper, with no prospect of the … [Read more...]

IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT: The scathing Army Times editorial on Abu Ghraib. Via Hit & Run, I think. … [Read more...]