"It's morning in America, Hackenbush, and you
work the nightshift."
Thursday, December 21,
"The thing that's going to be quaint about 'cyberspace' (that already is, really) is the inherent assumption that it's a realm unto itself; that it's in any way elsewhere or other.
"Glancing sideways is becoming more generally recognized as about the best way of doing what we used to call futurism."
A SECOND LIFE AVATAR CONSUMES AS MUCH ENERGY AS..., William Gibson's blog, December 18, 2006
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:04 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, December 19,
How could I have missed this perfect opportunity to plug this perfect book as the perfect blogger present for the perfect blogger or blogphile (blogophile?) or just some normal person you might know in your life? Am I a jerk or what? Wait, don't answer that. But do check out Tild~'s wonderful post on the wonderful season and the wonderful gift idea that is And They Cook, Too, the blogger cookbook fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. I was somewhat involved in this project, and it was a great honor to work with Tild~, Kathy Flake, and all the fine and wonderful bloggers and artists who contributed to this book.
Oh, just go look; it's not like you can catch anything. If somebody else did another blogger cookbook, I would certainly buy two copies; one to keep and one to give away.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:30 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, December 17,
"Later Rashomon won the American Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Japanese critics insisted that these two prizes were simply reflections of Westerners’ curiosity and taste for Oriental exoticism, which struck me then, and now, as terrible. Why is it that Japanese people have no confidence in the worth of Japan? Why do they elevate everything foreign and denigrate everything Japanese? Even the woodblock prints of Utamoro, Hokusai and Sharaku were not appreciated by Japanese until they were first discovered by the West. I don’t know how to explain this lack of discernment. I can only despair of the character of my own people."
Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa, Excerpted from "Something Like an Autobiography"
Oddly, the first version of Rashomon I saw was the disaster with Paul Newman as a Mexican bandito and, at the time I thought it was more about the fragility of the male ego more than the fragility of reality. I have now seen the real Rashomon and it's amazing and awe inspiring , but it's about the fragility of the male ego more than the fragility of reality. No wonder Japanese women invented yaoi: their men deserve each other.
Sorry, gang, I could not find a decent Rashomon clip at YouTube. If I find one, I'll post it.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:20 PM PST [Link]