A movie log 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

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ukiah Is Haiku Spelled Backward

Four Haiku
     A balmy spring wind 
Reminding me of something 
     I cannot recall. 

     The green cockleburrs 
Caught in the thick wooly hair 
     Of the black boy's head. 

     Standing in the field, 
I hear the whispering of 
     Snowflake to snowflake. 

     It is September 
The month in which I was born, 
     And I have no thoughts. 
--Richard Wright
     Most haiku are just 
Trifling Japonaiserie
     Wright's, however, aren't.