A blog formerly known as Bookishness

By Charles Matthews

"Dazzled by so many and such marvelous inventions, the people of Macondo ... became indignant over the living images that the prosperous merchant Bruno Crespi projected in the theater with the lion-head ticket windows, for a character who had died and was buried in one film and for whose misfortune tears had been shed would reappear alive and transformed into an Arab in the next one. The audience, who had paid two cents apiece to share the difficulties of the actors, would not tolerate that outlandish fraud and they broke up the seats. The mayor, at the urging of Bruno Crespi, explained in a proclamation that the cinema was a machine of illusions that did not merit the emotional outbursts of the audience. With that discouraging explanation many ... decided not to return to the movies, considering that they already had too many troubles of their own to weep over the acted-out misfortunes of imaginary beings."
--Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Heartbreaker

The ineffable Kenneth Starr is back in the news, this time leading a movement to invalidate the same-sex marriages that were solemnized in the period between the California Supreme Court's ruling and the passage of Proposition 8. In response, a group called the Courage Campaign is putting together a powerful response, and a simple one: a slide show of couples, some with their children, pleading that they not be forcibly divorced by the state.