Sunday, January 22, 2006

Oh, women!

K responded to my missive regarding the Natan ad. Perfect fodder for my blog. Here it is unedited:
“1. I’m 35, it’s 3 and 5 and not 3 or 5!!!
2. That mail got to you by mistake. You weren’t supposed to be on the bcc list.
3. It takes you a week to reply?
4. I lied on point 2!!

Saw Dead Man Walking again yesterday on the idiot box. Poignant, powerful, almost perfect. Here are excerpts from the Ebert review:
“After seeing "Dead Man Walking," I paused outside the screening to jot a final line on my notes: "This film ennobles filmmaking." That is exactly what it does. It demonstrates how a movie can confront a grave and controversial issue in our society and see it fairly, from all sides, not take any shortcuts, and move the audience to a great emotional experience without unfair manipulation… any conventional story, we would expect developments along familiar lines. Take your choice: (1) The prisoner is really innocent, and Sister Helen leads his 11th-hour defense as justice is done; (2) They fall in love with one another, she helps him escape, and they go on a doomed flight from the law; or, less likely, (3) She converts him to her religion, and he goes to his death praising Jesus. None of these things happen. Instead, Sister Helen experiences all of the complexities, contradictions and hard truths of the situation, and we share them.”
And, oh, I have begun work on Ms. Liz and her darling Submissives, a bold poem on women and their alternative relationships that had been brewing in my mind for some time.


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