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June 2004

always apropos

Madeleine L'Engle, in one of her autobiographies, said something about how children filter out the stuff they hear or see that they're not yet ready to understand or deal with. i need to find that quote. in the meantime, here's another. okay, here are several:

• "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

• "Can our form of government, our system of justice, survive if one can be denied a freedom because he might abuse it?"-- Harlon Carter

• "Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty."-- Thomas Jefferson

• "The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it."-- John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty" (1859)

• "It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve."-- Henry George

• "We prefer self-government with danger, to servitude with tranquillity.-- Kwame Nkrumah, Founder of Ghana (1958)

• "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."-- George Bernard Shaw

• "A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another; shall leave  them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement"-- Thomas Jefferson -

• "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."-- P.J. O'Rourke

• "Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." -- Albert Einstein

here are a few more places for quotes and discussions on freedom, and also the loveliness of being an American.

Freedom quotes

some documents about freedom

Jefferson on government

coolness about the Declaration of Independence


smorgasbord

6.21.04 so far, in our yard, i've seen rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs and a mole. there appear to be snakeholes, but that's unconfirmed. did you know that groundhogs like tomatoes? that's what my neighbor tells me. he has a perfect yard, with some pretty accents and trimmings, though it's a bit soulless, while mine is sort of wild and life-filled, and i only plan to gently coax it into something that looks what i'd imagine a good British backgarden to be, if they come in this size, which is something i really wouldn't know. but anyway, it's controlled chaos around the perimeter, with informal balance, varied focal points, etc. in the interior. i'm working with at least 10 years of neglect by the previous owner, so it's going to take a lot more time and funds than one summer can provide, but it's a project i love. every day there's some new little discovery out there. i feel like a kid again, exploring the wilderness of my backyard and feeling like it's my own private universe.

there are so many birds, with calls i simply do not recognize from having spent my first 35 years in a different part of the country. i bought a book on birding, but it's really not easy to figure them out. same with the trees here. i just would like some bird and tree expert to come spend the day with me and tell me about all of it all at once.

Here, My Dear at Super70s.com


Teatro Gentile, as yet unfinished.


1. We are friends, of a kind. We are not lovers.

Still pining mild after all this time
Distance increased
The phone is silent.

2. Perhaps lovers in another time and space.

I've memorized the sinewy memory-hardened strength
of muscles in their middle-aged form
You've tasted the soft, barely visible down that blankets
a torso you'll never touch

3. There is no other time than now,
no other space than the one surrounding you,
the one surrounding me.

Di molti piccoli momenti
Il capienza dell'universo
è riempito con gioia

4. It's a game with no prizes,
filled only with players who enjoy having a good match.

you heard about this, right?

"Irish heart-throb Colin Farrell's first full frontal movie scene has been cut by worried film bosses - after test audiences were transfixed by the size of his manhood. The Phone Booth hunk disrobed for scenes in upcoming drama A Home at the End of the World, but after seeing the stunned reaction of viewers at a recent screening, chiefs decided to chop the naughty images. And the news has been greeted with fury by self-confessed Romeo Farrell, who has demanded the scenes must be included in the DVD release of the film. A source tells British newspaper the Sun, "All you could hear were gasps when Colin appeared in his full frontal pose. The women were over-excited and the men looked really uncomfortable. It was such a sight it made it difficult to concentrate on the plot, so the decision was made to get rid of it." Even director Michael Mayer admits, "It was distracting." In the film, Farrell plays a bisexual man caught in a love triangle."


i don't know, man. but the preview for the film makes it seem really interesting, with or without this reputed attribute.


character

so anyway, yeah, Tim Hutton. is a god. let's see if google agrees, shall we? AAH! ZERO HITS! what's the matter with people? gotdangit, the man is so fricking cool, he should be a dictionary entry.

even if i only thought he was sorta cute before, which isn't true but i'm just saying, what he did with Nero Wolfe was so awesome and perfect, i'd have to love him forever. okay, even if he was never any kind of pretty at all, i'd have to love him forever for Nero Wolfe. but besides that, how many guys have made so many off-putting movies that you'd still be willing to watch just to see his performance? an online writer i admire calls that "value-added" talent. any movie with a Tim Hutton appearance triples its value, as far as i'm concerned. you saw Ordinary People, right? MTM and Donald Sutherland, sure, they were good, all wound-up and tedious and stuff. but you remember who the film really belonged to, don't you?

some of my other favorite performances were in:

Taps, which is not noted for Hutton's performance as much as for launching Tom Cruise and Sean Penn. It's a good cast all around, but i really liked the conflict of his character best. I was 16 when i first saw it, and that role was the one i most related to. now i would be more like the Sean Penn character, but that's beside the point.

The Falcon and the Snowman, compelling and chilling story, man.

Beautiful Girls, his character is Willie, a guy who falls for someone he should not really be falling for. well, actually, it's she who falls for him, and he's flattered, and impressed by her. if i were a young girl when i saw this movie, i'd have wanted to be her. in fact, i did want to be her, 25 years ago. what wise-for-her-years 14 year-old hasn't imagined herself with a teacher or professor or neighbor or uncle's best friend, etc? he'll be nice to her and flatter her but do the right thing. she wishes he'd wait for her, sigh, and knows he isn't likely to. only it never really happens except in movies.

Playing God, where the most *noted* performance is probably David Duchovny's, even though he does these cliched voiceovers and doesn't seem all that into it. the script sucks a lot, and it's a silly violent movie. yet somehow, i just like watching Hutton in it, with his blonde hair and villains are us shiny clothes. he was the best thing about that movie, and i'm embarrassed to say it, but i've watched it more than twice.

and Sunshine State. this movie is good if you like movies that aren't about a whole lot of much, but are pretty to watch.i definitely do. the people feel real. and he's way cute in it.

and there are others, but then there's

Archie Goodwin. if you are a Nero Wolfe fan, it's probably at least largely because of Archie. and on A&E, Tim Hutton *was* Archie, personified and perfected.

i mean, the whole Nero Wolfe show was just beautifully created and performed; it was sweetly theatrical, each period carefully reproduced, the characters worked well together, and this guy perfectly captured the Archie Goodwin we all had in our hearts and minds, with the exception of having dark hair and plenty of nose. i like the idea of Goodwin with dark hair better, anyway. to my mind, there may never have been a better TV series; certainly it was the best of its genre, and by far. don't even think of arguing with me. and we only got two gorgeous seasons of it. however, i do hope he's happy and enjoying whatever endeavors he's worked on since then. i'm not one of these people who thinks "they" owe us our TV show. (A&E still deserves ugly censure, though, for cancelling it. because of cost? whatever. they know we loved it cause they've been rerunning it ever since.)

It looked interesting, was just on SciFi and i totally missed the whole thing because of life that was occurring. Being that it's SciFi, i know i'll have another opportunity. but i am getting more and more sold on the TiVo idea, to be sure.

hahahahah. did you know you can match your biorhythms with celebrities to discover your compatibility? here's how me and Tim match up: 77% physical, 33% emotional, 92% intellectual. what does this actually mean? beats the heck out of me


bellissimo


this is where i live

TEN SEXY SONGS ON AN ITUNES PLAYLIST AT THE MOMENT.

Sign Your Name--Terence Trent D'Arby
Got To Give It Up (Pt 1)-Marvin Gaye
Dominion Day, extended mix--Thomas Dolby
Get Real Paid--Beck
It's No Good--Depeche Mode
Purple Haze--The Cure
She's A River--Simple Minds
Give It To Me Baby--Rick James
Wishing Well--Terence Trent D'Arby
Why Can't I Be You?--The Cure


God of ManWeek for the evening-------->Timothy Hutton, son of Jim Hutton, God of ManWeek, New Year's Eve, 2003. More on Tim tomorrow. No, really, I'm on this. Seriously. I mean it. No lie.


hear me roar

Okay, first things first. Could there be a world-wide ban on the term "gal?" There's a list somewhere, of words i hate? That one has to be near the top. Just, ick, phew. Yuck. We can be girls, women, females, whatever. Those are all perfectly fine terms. But i will never be Annie Oakley, spinning my six-shooters and spitting tabaccy, nor am i afraid of appearing weak by being what i am, which is the opposite, gender-wise, of Man.

Think about the women who use the term "gal." I believe it's a hiding-out term, like when men call themselves guys instead of men. Being men and women implies stuff people don't want to deal with, i guess, like admitting that every part of ourselves is valid and works together; for women those are the dainty bits as well as the cruder ones--it all works together to make us female/feminine. Can't you embrace all you've become as well as all you've been as you grow older? Whatever. Defeminize yourself if you like, just don't do it to me, okay? I'm not part of your collective gal-mindset. I am a woman, wholly feminine though maybe not terribly girly, and I like it that way.

Je suis prête

I lean forward, my chain sways
and brushes against my mouth,
A moment out of time hums the resonance of our kiss
now lost in the distance past the corner of my eye, I cannot grab hold.

Running silver along my lips catching
a reverie that only almost existed
The earth does not speak it bleeds of thirst and memory,
anamorphic desire that has no real will, just a vague notion of synchronicity
and an earnest predilection for quality gin.

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