Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dignity

"The Population Reference Bureau predicts that the world's total population will double to 7,000,000,000 before the year 2000."

"I suppose they will all want dignity, I said."

 Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Against interpretation

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth | Act 5, Scene 5


"Birdman seeks to have no meaning."

"That’s right. The artists deliberately conspire to lead the audience to believe they are watching a profound meditation of all of our favorite literary themes – authenticity, identity, illusion, reality, family, fame, etc. – while using the audience’s burning desire for meaning to sustain their interest in the film and create a film without any meaning whatsoever."

Full review of [2014 Best-Picture Winner] Birdman at paulkuritz.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Violation

"If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them. And we are not prepared to lay down the rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us. We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow."

~ Justice Robert H. Jackson, Chief Counsel for the Prosecution of War Crimes at the Nuremberg Tribunal