Monday, September 30, 2019

Ms. Purple and The Farewell

Ms. Purple and The Farewell both focus on a dying parent as they consider Asian American immigrant and first-generation experience. Ms. Purple is a sadder, perhaps deeper or more intense movie while The Farewell has more laughs as it considers the psychology of not telling Grandma she's dying. Both recommended--good, if not great.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Release

I have been storing up so much inside;
when will it be time to let it all go,
and how unburden myself of it all?
Dashing through the snow, wolves snap at my heels,
supplies that I had been transporting home
distract them when I toss them behind me--
one wolf yelps and snarls when I hit its nose,
but it stays behind to rip it open
and eat it, gulping it down greedily
and not worrying about digesting.
Over my lifelong journey home, I have
collected many exquisite things,
and many just of personal value.
As the signs say, though, Everything Must Go!

~~ "Release" by Don Riggs

Friday, September 13, 2019

Goncharov's Oblomov

Goncharov's Oblomov greeted me as I stepped off an elevator during a recent visit to a research library.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Death on the Installment Plan

"The fairy tales people tell each other. . . they make a certain amount of sense, but they're a pack of filthy, stinking lies. . ."

~~ from Death on the Installment Plan by Louis-Ferdinand Celine

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