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  • heath 7:59 am on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fiction, , Salman Rushdie   

    Why I love Salman Rushdie 

    In the current New Yorker magazine, there’s a Salman Rushdie story titled In The South, which opens like this:

    “The day that Junior fell down began like any other day: the explosion of heat rippling the air, the trumpeting sunlight, the traffic’s tidal surges, the prayer chants in the distance, the cheap film music rising from the floor below, the loud pelvic thrusts of an “item number” dancing across a neighbor’s TV, a child’s cry, a mother’s rebuke, unexplained laughter, scarlet expectorations, bicycles, the newly plaited hair of schoolgirls, the smell of strong sweet coffee, a green wing flashing in a tree…”

    What puts the knife in my heart?  That he ends the list of urban events and sounds with “…a green wing flashing in a tree.

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    • derek 10:29 am on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      No matter how urban we get, nature has away of showing through, even if it’s just a glimpse.

      • heath 1:31 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        tiny hillocks of moss, brilliant in the rain, border a narrow squirrel-tamped path edging the parking lot out back…

        • derek 11:22 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          is the brilliance in noticing such details of life, or is it in the sharing of them in such a poetic way……

          • ed 1:40 pm on Thursday, June 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            What more can anyone say? Cool, you two.

          • heath 4:50 pm on Thursday, June 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            the brilliance of the onlooker’s eye sees a green wing flashing in a tree.

            • derek 10:30 am on Friday, June 12, 2009 Permalink

              brilliance upon brilliance and then a star is born

  • heath 3:52 pm on Sunday, May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: contemporary American poetry, Steve Toth, Willing to Change   

    A new poem from Steve Toth: “Willing to Change” 

    …Like the rain dropping
    everything but its desire
    to reach the ground…

    — from “Willing to Change” by Steve Toth.
    Read the full poem at the warriorpoets forum.
    (More …)

     
    • ed 3:33 am on Monday, May 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ……Like a eyeful of light
      being infinitely reflected between
      a pair of facing mirrors….

      😉

  • heath 10:16 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humaneness, humanity, , Times of India, TOI   

    Another way to see: TOI 

    If you’re an American cousin, check out the Times of India online.   The page layout — what content is selected for the first page, and how it’s organized — expresses India’s innate socio-cultural respect for humanity’s humanity.

    I love that respect.  It’s saved my life twice.  And it draws me back to India’s people and arts time and time again.

     
  • heath 9:48 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Lane, film reviews, Manohla Dargis, new Star Trek movie, ,   

    Better than the movie 

    Anthony Lane’s New Yorker Mag review (titled “Highly Illogical”) of the new Star Trek movie is dense, running on 24 levels, and funny as hell. There are too many good bits too thickly interwoven to be plucked out as snippets, so please excuse my providing no sample. If you want to laugh and think hard at the same time, give it a read: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2009/05/18/090518crci_cinema_lane

    And if you disagree with Lane’s take, try Manohla Dargis’s, in the NY Times: http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/movies/08trek.html

    (Comparing the reviews should show you why I think Lane is the best living film reviewer at the moment.)

     
  • heath 9:26 am on Thursday, May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bristol Palin, , teen pregnancy   

    Gail Collins rocks. Seriously. 

    Disclaimer, of sorts: I try to resist reading Gail Collin’s columns in the NY Times because I’m a known fan and I don’t like being known for anything. But I always end up reading them anyway. So without further ado…

    here’s a link to today’s Gail Collins column — it’s heartbreakingly funny, on a very serious subject:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/opinion/07collins.html

     
  • heath 10:45 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: UNESCO, WDL, World Digital Library   

    The World Digital Library (WDL) 

    The web site:  http://www.wdl.org

    A NYTimes Global Edition article about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/21/technology/21library.html?_r=1&ref=globalhome

    WDL is a Unesco effort.

     
  • heath 12:11 am on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Frederick Seidel, links to others' stuff including mine, , The Cove, WWF magnetic money boards   

    Open, orphan: hugs hugs hugs. Links in… 

    Open, orphan: hugs hugs hugs.
    Links in link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/warriorpoets/message/13120

     
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