April is the cruelest month…

April 25, 2007 at 11:11 pm (coincidence, poetry, T. S. Eliot, Umberto Eco, writers)

Today I went to Chapters and picked up Umberto Eco’s latest piece of fiction, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, and was delighted to discover that the character’s adventures arise on the same day I began to read them.

The Mysterious Flame excites me due to the fact that it’s an Eco book with an amnesiac as a main character, but especially since it’s illustrated with a plethora of European magazine and comic clippings. In full color! And they’re actually foot-noted!

My “plan” is to read this twice in a row, first by my lonesome and then with the aid of this wiki. These annotations will aid me with Eco’s notorious intertextuality and, at a glance, they appear to be more fully illustrated than the book. Plenty of translations, photography, paintings, maps, and stamps to inform me of Man’s barren memory. Eco says this is his last piece of fiction so I’m gonna milk it for all it’s worth.

April, since it is so cruel, is also poetry month and I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to post something of mine, whether it be old or new. Only five days left. We’ll see.

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EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL, AND NOTHING HURT

April 16, 2007 at 11:03 pm (comedy, Vonnegut, writers)

Hilarious in a way which could rival Kurt Vonnegut’s own irony, here’s an obituary from Fox News. My friends know I laugh at words such as “relevance” in dealing with all things literary, but I doubt Vonnegut will become irrelevant anytime soon. He, at least, has another year or so to go.

I don’t think Vonnegut could have asked for a better obituary so littered with the unintentional homage of sarcastic respect which Vonnegut excelled at. The timeliness is more than a little off though. “So I’ll say if for them.” Yikes. And a ting-a-ling to you too.

My own encounter with Vonnegut was through image-droppings of his book Slaughter-House 5 in the mediocre films Disturbing Behavior and Varsity Blues. Not a fitting introduction to say the least but that’s what got me into this moral author.

In any case, if a person I spoke to had read and enjoyed Vonnegut I always knew that I might share similar tastes in any manner of thing, such as anime or MDMA.

It was also through Vonnegut that I saw the faithful film adaptation of Mother Night, which introduced me to Arvo Pärt’s Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten. This is a piece of music that can bring me to tears at the drop of a hat. Whether this has anything to do with its relation to the story of Howard W. Campbell, Jr., I’m not sure.

I agree with my friend Jon when he says that this passing is sad but no reason to mourn. I’ve found there’s just too much humor and life in his work.

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Cranky: A Miscellany

April 3, 2007 at 5:09 pm (anime, miscellany, mood, music, Neighbors, science, Webcomics)

Cranky today. Must be the menopause. Here are a few things, thoughts:

I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately and I consider it to be a good sum up of the late nineties/early 2000s for me. An anthem even.

Although the downstairs neighbors still “sing”, I’ve been able to work around it in such a fashion as to be able to sleep five hours without interruption. I’m still sick of hearing that rolldowntheriver chorus.

It’s easier to work through an archive of web-comics than it is to check for day to day/week to week updates. Recently, I’ve been reading through the Achewood archives in an attempt to cheer myself up. Thanks to Philippe it’s kinda working.

Often a web-comic archive has more to offer in its news posts than it’s actually content. I’d say MegaTokyo is a good example of this with it’s cornucopia of info about anime and videogames. It’s got me watching Kimagure Orange Road anyway.

There’s something else I discovered via a news post at MegaTokyo: Physics for Future Presidents. When it comes to Physics I’m a big dumb-dumb. I got a 27 percent average in my high school class, although I must admit I didn’t put any effort into it at all. I just wasn’t interesting in the subject matter or the way the teacher (old Brew!) presented it. I started listening to this series (it’s free!) and found it enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who desires to brush up on their knowledge of the nature of the universe.

Blah (bah!).

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