March 19th, 2006


v for vendetta

I went to the movie and I found my people and I enjoyed the time out almost as much as I enjoyed the bus ride back home. as usual the anticipation ruins the lead-up but not the event itself.

I do not know how to critique movies. I do not know the vocabulary; I do not know what's at stake in the creation of narratives that are pieced together from images that often don't have anything obviously to do with each other. I will say that it could make a workable anthem for the left despite its heavyhanded moments and repetition of holocaust imagery that at least is there to shock the viewer into admitting that fascism now can lead to the same sorts of things it used to but I'm still not sure that quoting archive footage from the death camps is effective enough to be forgivable but of course the imagery belongs to everyone by now but recreating the scenes carries its own weight of responsibility that I'm not sure the film can sustain.

and I won't comment on the mode of resistance idealized as it is not entirely clear just what that mode is. it seems violent at least but it is not entirely about the individual so much as it is about the monster/outcast which is not the same thing at all.

I suppose the best thing about it is that it made me think of a way to talk about it and I rarely talk about films. it was two hours long but did not drag and there were no moments when I asked myself when the thing was going to end already. I have little patience for contemporary pictures that think themselves so profound that they can't bear to leave anything out and that end up stringing audiences along on the barest pretext of plot development. this one was not like that and in fact left out things that I think could have helped someone not familiar with the story--like me--keep up with the intrigue portion of the proceedings.

thus I wouldn't mind seeing the dvd when it comes out so that I can clear up a few details. overall I think it was probably great fun to build the miniature buildings to blow up.
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rest day

I'm proclaiming this a day off since I slept till 10 and am slow to get moving here. I will take today and tomorrow off and work tuesday even though that will probably mean that I worry about teaching more than I should on tuesday.

spring break is over. good god that went fast. I only made it out of the city to santa cruz but the campus there was almost like a national park and we spent all day hiking up and down the hill it is built on the side of so there was even something like a wilderness trek to be had.

since december I'ver written about 40 more pages and I don't feel any closer to being done. I finally jumped into Levinas with both feet yesterday and once I get through him it's just a quick jaunt over to Gertrude Stein and that can be short and sweet I think. if I get that far. I could probably just stop soon but if I don't get to Gertrude Stein then I have to write a completely new intro and which will take more time? I don't know.

my old boss is in town with her daughter looking at universities--this kid I've known since she was six and I can see where having kids would only reinforce the speed at which time flies. it looks like we will be having dinner tonight so I'd better cultivate an appetite. that's usually not particularly difficult but still I could stand a little exercise so maybe a walk later will help make room for whatever I stuff in there. it will be very good to see them--I suppose Kris is one person I don't mind diverging from my orbit for.

I really need more money. I really don't have time to work more than I already am and still write. I am hoping that once the dissertation is done I can come up with enough ways to make money without undue pain that I can at least start traveling again. really I just want to get down to the desert and up to seattle but neither seems doable right now. yeah I do want to go to amsterdam but I also want a hysterectomy and some kind of lower surgery and I don't want to wait till I'm 60 to get them.

while sitting I kept thinking about the movie and the way things are going in the US and the world and getting really angry and then I'd say to myself 'politically frustrated thinking' and go back to counting my breaths. I hope this movie wakes some people up but I fear most will think it an outlandish fantasy. maybe I should get back to making those tracts. I got hung up on making drawings in illustrator when I couldn't find suitable line art online. I'm a little slow with the pen tool. I could use my little amateur-class wacom tablet but the pen gives you smooth lines the first time so why draw a bunch of wiggly ones that you then have to straighten up?

the question of the day is: shower or just get dressed?
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