Monday, June 16, 2008

past the point of rescue

it's bloomsday! this mouse has ireland on her mind this morning, hence the pictures and today's musical selection. later this afternoon I'm heading over to visible voice books to listen to mj and ten of her buddies read from ulysses. mj is a friend I met almost ten years ago when I joined the the bookgroup which is so near and dear to me. mj also just happens to be a james joyce scholar. although she is has been retired for quite a while from teaching young people, she is still very active teaching continuing education courses for adults. I expect when she 'retired' she became busier than ever as she embraces the notion of 'use it or lose it,' I concept I wholeheartedly subscribe to! one of these days I'm hoping to sign up for mj's course on ulysses, however, so far it's never been offered on a day that works for me. but I'm crossing my fingers that next time...

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a wonderful one, the weather was perfect (read not too hot!) and it was filled with friends, good food and some good movies. I want to specially mention the movies as they are well worth watching. friday night f and I watched the great debaters. I had heard it was a great movie, but until watching it I didn't realize how great. denzel washington directs and stars in the movie, so for this reason alone it should be on everyone's 'to see' list. the movie is loosely based on the true story of melvin tolson, a professor at a small black college in east texas who coaches a debate team. set in the 1930s it is a powerful and inspiring tale. on saturday we had a few friends over for dinner. after dinner we moved inside for dessert. I asked if the group if everyone was up for a watching a movie. I had the documentary war made easy from the library. we settled into the living room with our angel food cake, strawberries and ice cream and got serious. the film is based on a book by norman solomon and explores how presidential administrations (of both parties) have successfully colluded with the media to sell wars to the american people. from the box is this summary:
"An invaluable introduction to war propoganda and public relations that transcends partisan politics as it raises serious questions about the role of journalism and political communication in democratic societies."

mary black & friends singing 'past the point of rescue' written by mick hanly
(if you are unfamiliar with this tune, give it a whirl. just don't hold mary's outfit against her, hey it was the era of big shoulders)


photos: top- this picture of the bridge was literally the first picture I took when we arrived in dublin for a holiday. I've always loved it not because it's necessary a very good picture but probably it has a bridge in it, some water, and an advert for guinness; bottom - the garden of remembrance a couple blocks from the james joyce center.

8 comments:

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

When I first saw the top photo, I thought it was the river rising in Iowa.

My favorite Mary Black song is "Columbus". Ironically I first heard it on a public radio station in the early 1990s as I wheeled into...Columbus.

Squirrel said...

what's not to like about this post????

I love joyce's The Dubliners, but haven't really tried very hard with Ulysses.

TheElementary said...

I recognised that first picture right away! Hurray! Brings back good memories. And I know the tune too- you know how to pick them. I've listened to Mary Black for years. Great choice.

Lee's River said...

May James Joyce live on forever.

on a totally different topic, I think you would appreciate this article on Democracy and deference:

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/06/0082039

best

mouse (aka kimy) said...

junk - I love the song columbus!! f and I used to listen to her a lot for years, then kind of fell out of the habit -- or moved on to others - luckily a couple weeks ago f put in the no frontiers cd and we remembered why we used to listen to her so much in years past. isn't it funny how one goes in cycles of music listening?

squirrel - ireland, joyce, movies and food - okay, what's not to like! I'm almost a total philistine - only joyce i've read in it's entirety is portrait of a young artist and dubliners....tried reading ulysses, and couldn't make it past page 40....that's why I need to take mj's cours! finnegan's wake.... from what I know about it, I don't know if I can make it through it....

te - mary is the best!!! ah, I love dublin, f and I were just talking about how we NEED to go back!!!

river - thanks for the link. 143 2 U!! do you know the code????

Lee's River said...

143 2U: something tells me you are not refering to this

http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v143/i2/p351_1

in other words: no, I don't. What does it mean?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

lee, nope you are right it doesn't mean that. but, it means this

Reya Mellicker said...

The song is beautiful and I don't mind the shoulder pads. I remember them fondly!