We’re on to the part of the evening where I read a film theorist’s explanation of why soccer movies are impossible (like we don’t already know why) and this is my problem: I love everything so much I’ll wiki-hop and article-jump for hours and hours every time I sit down to research a thing.
— César Luis Menotti
This faith has its Pharisees, as well: The people who will fight their way downtown to the office no matter what, and who just don’t understand why someone wouldn’t try to drive in from Fauquier County, Virginia, or Frederick, Maryland—roughly an hour outside town. Actually, what they don’t understand is why people persist in living in those places in the first place. Or why people who have children have not conveniently secured means of having always-available child care in the event of the unexpected.
Because the work just doesn’t stop. However fashionable it may be among progressives to decry the celibate religious, it is the un-partnered, and un-parenting among us who have become eunuchs for the Lord, logging sixteen-hour days, blind to the sky and the soft white crystals falling, just barely audible, on the branches.
This is a faith that even has its monks.
But who is the Pharoah who has ordered us to make bricks endlessly, without a perceptible end?"
Cabezas Mayas en el Gran Museo Maya de Mérida
Museo Maya Mérida
A map of South America by Abraham Ortelius, 1570
"She does not really fall in love with Knightley, as Elizabeth Bennet does with Darcy. There is not a moment in Emma when she is not already in love with him. She thinks of him constantly and is always testing her own judgments and perceptions against his.” - Peter J. Leithart
Wait, how did I not know Peter Leithart wrote this book? Had I seen this a few hours ago I would have geeked about it with him irl shamelessly (as I did with the linguistic hole in Quechua regarding thanksgiving, but hey).
I’m kinda glad political readings of Harry Potter turned out to be the topic of the day, if only for this glorious comment:
I love how Fred and George are the rebel capitalists.
ANNIE - Official Trailer (2014)
This is absolutely one hundred percent every single thing I want in a movie. I am so, so, so excited.
With my bouquet of railroad ties that I plucked from the Union Pacific who’ll witness me.
When I’ve found the man who named the road on which you grew up and defaced him.
And wearing his father’s crushed suit and his cufflinks I fire your name in his furrows.
When I’ve poured his mother a whiskey and coffee and beer-back I’ll learn her our myth.
We come from low country with deer ticks in our blood is that what they’re selling.
In search of the black horse who spits on the hay and the barley and hunger strikes.
Who lost the blue horse he loved and he’ll die with his eye on the wood where she fell.
I fire your name in the furrows tonight for the ones who refuse to survive themselves.
Who say every five seconds the nations of dead they tell me my job is assuage them.
And every five seconds when I tear out their stitches I tear them out five seconds long.
It is you with the planks of rotting down barns in your arms I am barreling toward.
It is you from the jackshit connivances of yesterday’s scofflaw patrol I will kidnap.
And who will say amen if I fell one more empire that was raised from a handful of litter.
And who will help quit our mothers who will not quit treading the rafters of savagery.
And who will carry our fathers from the ditches where they crashed their radio flyers.
With a bouquet of railroad ties in a crushed suit I will field you this question come winter.
In the apocryphal gossip of sea kings my face is scrimshaw like they’ve never witnessed.
He sunk himself like a dreadnaught into the sea to landmark her joy is that what they say.
And who will witness me if I’m one page in a long book of ways to say no with no ending.
And if I come to your door come winter in crushed suit with the stitches to prove you."
— Danniel Schoonebeek, “C’est La Guerre” (via iaminthepause)
The basic plot, which cannot be ignored even in the films, is that Harry, Hermione and Ron give up everything for their political struggle. They drop out of high school, they go illegal, defy the government, belong to an underground organization [The Order of the Phoenix], operate out of safe houses and forests and even raid offices of the government and banking offices. This is all done in principled opposition to the Dark Wizard Voldemort and a corrupt bureaucratized government that has been heavily infiltrated with his evil minions. This is revolutionary activity. But the movie version does not present it as such or emphasize these radical aspects of the plot, thereby entirely missing the dramatic sweep and action present in the first half of the last novel.
The novels recognize the importance of alternative media for political struggle. The mainstream press [The Daily Prophet] is shown as unreliable and unprincipled, eventually deteriorating into a fear-mongering propaganda machine for the Voldemort-controlled bureaucracy. For a while the alternative but above ground media [The Quibbler] publishes the real news, but it ceases to print after the daughter of the publisher is kidnapped. In the book, friends of Harry [Lee Jordan, with Fred and George Weasley as frequent guests] start broadcasting the real news from an underground radio station, encrypted with a password. This radio station becomes a critical link for the resistance, which is scattered and weak. Although we are treated to some radio broadcast updates in the movie, they are delivered by a disembodied and professional sounding voice, not our friends the Weasleys. This undermines the important message - a guiding principle behind the media coop - that in a serious situation it becomes necessary to produce your own media and not to rely on ‘professionals’.
The novel makes it clear that in this phase of the struggle the characters romantic lives take a backseat to their political activity, as Harry breaks up with the love of his life [Ginny Weasley] so as to avoid making her a target for Voldemort’s forces, who are known to use torture and kidnapping as tactics. The ‘love triangle’ that becomes the focus of the movie isn’t even really present in the books. In the books, the relationship between Harry and Hermione is totally platonic - Ron is shown as jealous, but the feeling is entirely without foundation. In the book Harry says to Ron: “I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that. I thought you knew” (pg 378, DH US Hardback). This conveys that men and women can be close comrades and friends without being involved romantically. But in the film, Harry and Hermione are shown dancing romantically, and Harry’s line to Ron about his brotherly feeling towards Hermione does not even make it into the film. This completely undermines the important message that jealousy is counter-productive and has toxic effects, which is an important feminist message for young people."
Following on from his amazing series last week, here are Halley Docherty’s latest collages for us – well known historical paintings of city scenes around the world. See more
As NYU Local reported last week, some Liberal Studies freshmen transitioning from their first year abroad to the Washington Square campus as sophomores experience difficulties with feeling a “year behind” their New York-based classmates. To get a feel for how to navigate the difficult transition, we talked to Liberal Studies staff as well as LS students who spent their first years in London, Florence, Paris, and Shanghai.
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