Monday, November 22, 2010

what can china give me that my soul hasn't already given me

I coughed so much at work this morning that I was pretty much told to go home. In fact I'm much better than last week, when I missed four days of work and spent a lot of time in bed breathing. I also finally watched Blade Runner (let-down) and Tideland (groan). Now it's just a cough and the general murky wonder.

I'm reading Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet. There is no better book, and Pessoa was already the center ptych in my triptych of favorite writers. I'm around p. 120 or so now, just past entry 122 -

"The idea of travel nauseates me.
I've already seen what I've never seen.
I've already seen what I have yet to see."

We've got a terror warning going in Germany, and today was reportedly hot. So far, so good. I don't want anything messing with the anniversary of the assassination of JFK. I don't want anything messing with anything.


NE said...

Oh, good. Someone old enough to realize NOV. 22nd means something. It's a rare thing in my school -- even the vast majority of teachers have no clue.

I've never forgiven Dallas.

Kathleen said...

Yes, a sad day in the U.S. Sorry it's a terror-watch day in Germany. Locally, we had a tornado watch.

Jeff said...

Drat! And Bladerunner was one of my favorites - which sent me into a Philip K. Dick frenzy for several months (original title "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep")

Then again, I also saw Easy Rider eleven times in the theatre - eight from the first row. Bought a Honda 450 after that. I should avoid movies.

November 22nd we were sent home early. We were told the President was shot. My English teacher in 7th grade was in tears. She struggled to teach me sentence diagramming - but I only remember her crying at the front of the room.

Little did we know that was the end of the post-WWII era in the US. Things haven't stopped changing since.

Hope you're feeling better - a steamy bowl of chicken soup with carrots could help. Along with sweatshirts, baggy pants, and lots of blankets...

- Jeff

SarahJane said...

Blade Runner wasn't bad, but the hype probably made me expect more. I did enjoy Darryl Hannah. I'd only seen her in "lite" movies, and she was pretty good at mean.

Jeff said...

She also did a good "mean" in Kill Bill Vol 2...

SarahJane said...

Soon after I saw Scorsese's "The Departed" on the heels of "Casino Royale" I swore off violent movies. While I haven't been unwaveringly faithful to this resolution, Kill Bill 1 & 2 ain't gonna happen in my house, Darryl Hannah or no Darryl Hannah.

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