Monthly Archives April 2008

Lankavatara Sutra

“Things are not as they appear. Nor are they otherwise.”

The land where they let the children cry

So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, all the people dreaming in the immensity […]

American Psycho

… where there was nature and earth, life and water, I saw a desert landscape that was unending, resembling some sort of crater, so devoid of reason and light and spirit that the mind could not grasp it on any sort of conscious level and if you came close the mind would reel backward, unable […]

The beginning

This much I’m certain of: it doesn’t happen immediately. You’ll finish and that will be that, until a moment will come, maybe in a month, maybe a year, maybe even several years. You’ll be sick or feeling troubled or deeply in love or quietly uncertain or even content for the first time in your life. […]

Southland Tales

The most insane, the most radical, the most mind-boggling piece of cinematic art this side of whatever. Period. Said I.

Kanalia, kanalia, kanalia – Adam Michnik

Przed naszymi oczami wciąż przewija się defilada skorumpowanych hipokrytów, spuchłokarkich przekręciarzy, sprzedajnych deputowanych. Codzienna nikczemność, nadęte kłamstwo i podła intryga – czują się znakomicie. W naszym świecie nie ma dziś wielkiej idei Wolności, Równości i Braterstwa. Nie ma też wśród nas Napoleona i jego obietnicy wielkiej chwały. Nie wierzymy już w mężów opatrznościowych. Zostaliśmy też […]

The Echo Maker

All the humans revered Crane, the great orator. Where cranes gathered, thier speech carried miles. The Aztecs called themselves the Crane people. * * * He lay awake, thinking of the answers he should have given, seeing the cracks in his ceiling a frozen synapses. Sometime after 3:00 a.m., it occurred to him that he […]

The light was different a century ago

Until the turn of the century, noticing the interplay of light and dark and the myriad effects of interacting color across the landscape meant engaging in the study of chromatics, sometimes called gentleman’s chromatics or ladies’ chromatics by professional artists, but often called meteorology by well-educated people who knew that weather included far more than […]