Friday, March 28, 2014

Film Review: Noah, a film by Darren Aronofsky



Saw "Noah", the new film  by Darren Aronofsky. In a word (pun) the book is way better. Those Hebrews really knew to leave space for imagination, to leave it nowhere to go but into fleshing out the story.

As for Aronofsky, he has a big imagination for sure, one that requires flooding his tale of The Flood with creatures most everyone independently winds up comparing to a hybrid of Ents and Transformers. The "Book of Noah", as stated, is way better than Aronofsky's "Noah", as are both the Lord of the Rings films (not to mention books) and the Transformer films.

Friday, March 7, 2014

war and nothingness


weird time
defined by actuality or possibility of civil war

ukraine v. ukraine
syria v. syria
egypt v. egypt

it's not about ideology, though that always plays a part, however phantom

not even about religion, reliable bedrock of ineluctable enmity, though that phantom is included

Saturday, March 1, 2014

John Judis's "Genesis: Truman, American Jews, And The Origins Of The Arab-Israeli Conflict"


If it only were more simple, if only the disagreements less barbed and poisonous, if only those who come inevitably — if the starting point is in any way sane — to similarly sane conclusions by whatever diverse readings, could underline the commonality — the ineluctable commonality — of such conclusions above the turf war and the exuberant nastiness it encourages.

If only. But this is the Middle East — the Arab/Israeli dispute — we're talking about, in which vitriol is oxygen.