Friday, July 22, 2011
Mikey Portman and I have teamed up some way and we are photographs...and we say:
"We are photographs and we will turn everyone else into photographs."
There is a screaming child there and I am afraid to touch it to comfort it since I know it will bite me.
Whenever I hear speak of 'authoritarian personality' I instantly think of certain teachers I had at school. I guess we've all experienced this kind of teacher sometimes in our lives. In the 5th grade I started at a new school, a German 'Gymnasium', which is a higher-level school where you can go to from elementary school, if you achieve certain grades. The new teacher responsible for our specific class, all male pupils, was a fairly young man who only educated on one subject, arts. On first appearance he seemed to be a liberal and pleasant-natured person, but we soon learnt that he had a mean streak in him, too. On one occasion he had to leave the classroom for a minute or two to talk to someone. However, he left the door to the classroom open, and from where he was standing outside he had a complete view of everything going on inside. Of course, since we were young boys, we all did some chatting and some were a bit more rambunctious. When the teacher came back, he was obviously not amused. Instead of scolding the whole class, he mentioned one of our names and told the boy to stand up. "I'm punishing you, because you were not still, while I was absent," he said. Naturally the boy protested and said that we all had not been still, others had been even worse. "That is true," the teacher replied. "But I'm punishing only you, because you are the one I'm picking out."
A similar incident: this teacher tells an -admittedly - funny joke, and we all have a good laugh. The teacher, however, punished one of us, because he had laughed a bit louder than the rest of us.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The album 'Monk/Trane' was on The Wire's 'Immaculate 100' list, but isn't available as such on cd, so I got this edition which also includes 'Monk's Music' in complete, although I already have that one on cd.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
While discussing Samuel Beckett's play Come and Go Ursula told me the following story she had once experienced: Ursula was with her friend Uschi at one of our local coffeehouses having a coffee and a chat. As in Beckett's play there were 3 elderly ladies at a table nearby and it was impossible not to overhear their gossip. Most obviously they were talking quite nasty about another person not present at their table. After a while one of the ladies left the group, and Uschi told Ursula to wait a few seconds and listen. Sure enough the two remaining ladies started slagging about their friend who had just left the table.
In the future, criminals are caught before the crimes they commit, but one of the officers in the special unit is accused of one such crime and sets out to prove his innocence.
Superior sci-fi thriller due to its director's expertise, but basically it's a succession of chases with a few plot twists on the way.
Monday, July 18, 2011
In a period when many thought that "the only good Indian is a dead Indian," Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce won the admiration of the American Public.
Diligently made for historical accuracy this TV movie already is a classic of its genre.