changes. fewer blogs, fewer posts. but just as readable (i don’t want something that is initially oblique, like heaney’s ‘death of a naturalist‘). i use the kitchen sink approach–throw everything in, stir well, sleep on it, edit twice, and serve. i wonder if i can develop a multi-layered, metaphorical approach instead, or in addition to, inspired by quantum mechanics? what might i gain? might i lose? well, i kinda like the formlessness of my current style, cuz there’s no immediate word-length, and cuz i can add or paste whatever (in other words, i can be/become me, and if you put something on the internet, i might find something of you… or we might be able to meet for a coffee)–for example, peter gabriel advises us in make tomorrow to make tomorrow today:
Let us be what we can
When it seems
When it seems
Make tomorrow today
What better measure of what you were doing here
Than what you can leave behind
All the children of your children’s children
Do you ever think what they’re going to find
Where the sacred meet the scared
Where the dreamer’s dream is dared
In each of us
A dream can burn like the sun
Let’s try it all one more time
To get this lesson learned
Sitting up in a spaceship
Looking down at the earth
You wonder what they’re all struggling for
What’s it all really worth
Making tomorrow today’
although it’s a lyric, and constrained by rhythm and rhyme, it expresses truth, heard by many thousands, heard by me, shared with you.
hey! somebody made a cool doc. here’s a description. i especially like the last line, for war is still happening, and i wonder, ‘How far would you go to stop a war? The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J., draft board office by “Catholic Left” activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America. Arrested on site in a clearly planned sting, the protesters included four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 23 others. The Camden 28 reveals the story behind the arrests — a provocative tale of government intrigue and personal betrayal — and the ensuing legal battle, which Supreme Court Justice William Brennan called “one of the great trials of the 20th century.” Thirty-five years later, the participants take stock of the motives, fears, and costs of their activism — and its relevance to America today.’ here’s a pbs trailer.
and in the same vein, here’s rich terfry on the boss’s born in the u.s.a.. read ’em, view ’em, and weep.
still in a musical mode (lydian? phrygian? aeolian?), john cage (1912-09-05 – 1992-08-12) would have been a hundred today . he has been described as the musical mcluhan. these days, they realized, everything’s happening at once–a sort-of singularity. time to slow down. here he is playing Dream (1948), playing amplified cacti and plant materials with a feather, and an orchestra plays the famous 4’33” in three movements (i first heard the piece on the usually frenetic sesame street).
good ol’ wikipedia says (2012-09-06), ‘Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer [and life partner] Merce Cunningham.’ (1919-04-16 – 2009-07-26)