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Yesterday, there was more than a bit of drama on Facebook. Because I reposted an article unconditionally supporting a second term for President Obama, and pointing out what a bunch of loons the GOP has become. I'm honestly not sure when I started my FB page, but it was years ago. I must still have been in Atlanta. In all that time, I've found the need to ban only seven people. Yesterday, I banned two of those: a Mr. Tim Lieder and a Mr. Alexander Loeb. Weasels, the both of them, and one went so far as to imply that my wishing people not to comment on certain items I'd posted to my FB page was comparable to an accused child molester defending himself. No, I'm not making that up. Anyway, as of last night, my FB page is "friends only," which means it cannot be seen by the public. You can find my name and stuff, and request that I "friend you" (I fucking shudder at that phrase). Likely, I will. But Spooky has become adamant that I start screening people on FB.

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It was a quiet day yesterday. I went back to work on the painting that was once called Black Ships Ate the Sky, back in 2010, but is now called Idumea (Charles Wesley, 1793). There will be a second canvas titled Black Ships Ate the Sky. If I ever finish this one. I paint like I write poetry, which is to say very, very, very slowly, as I dither. I fret. I may post an "in progress" photo of Idumea tomorrow.

In general, the vacation is agreeing with me. Not as much sleep last night, but I feel okay.

Oh! And this is so cool. I realized, a few days back, that if one takes bow tie and runs it together as bowtie, then capitalizes the "B," creating Bowtie, and then removes the "t," what remains is Bowie. How bow tie is that?! Also bow tie, just before we went to sleep, Spooky and I discovered how cool Artimesia looks when spelled backwards: aisemitrA. How much it recalls asymmetry.

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Have you not yet ordered a copy (or copies) of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and/or Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart? You should. Pre-orders make publishers very happy. And, in the case of the latter book, it may well sell out before publication, especially the limited edition.

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Last night, Kathryn and I went to the Cable Car for a 9:45 p.m. (8:45 EST) showing of Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Gods, this film is as close to perfection as films ever come. Yes, it's ostensibly a film about a rogue planet's collision with Earth, but it's truly (as von Trier has confirmed) a film about depression. There could be no better example of the difference between truth and fact than Melancholia. This film is beautiful, and magnificent, sublime, triumphant, and terrifying. von Trier's decision to reveal the ending of the film at the beginning (same reason I included the editor's prologue at the beginning of The Red Tree), and to metaphorically recount the narrative (again at the beginning) via a dream sequence, both were strokes of genius. Melancholia is, somehow, quite different from Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, even though they share very much in common. Such as being my picks for the two best films of 2010*. Nothing even comes close to either. I greatly admire von Trier's decision to avoid a realistic depiction of astrophysics. As I have said again and again, characters are the backbone of powerful science fiction (and of all powerful fiction), not science. This is a film of wonder and beauty, as much as it is a film of sorrow and fear, and...I'm going on and on. Just see it.

Vacating,
Aunt Beast

* I suspect Scorsese's Hugo probably deserves to be in my best three of 2011, but a) it was released in 3D, an idiotic move, and b) I've not been able to see it in 2D.

Date: 2011-12-20 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I'm glad the vacation agrees with you. Much less so on FB twattery. (I remain reticent on "adding"/"friending"/whatever godsawful term one might use/ you on LJ, despite spending a lot of time on here. And the fact it seems like a much less impersonal question here. Damn it. May I?)


Facebook is so often froth at best. It's gutted the word "friendship".

On a plus note, the Bowtie/Bowie wordplay is immensely pleasing.

- Ash

Date: 2011-12-20 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


On a plus note, the Bowtie/Bowie wordplay is immensely pleasing.


Isn't it, though?

Date: 2011-12-20 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
It's cravat-level, at very least.

Date: 2011-12-20 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dystempted.livejournal.com
I was sitting around thinking about Tree of Life and Melancholia the other day, trying to compare both, and yet not. They are the two most powerful films I've seen this year, possibly the most beautiful and moving. Each one so well crafted and visually accomplished too. I appreciated your insight.

Date: 2011-12-20 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dystempted.livejournal.com
Also, I hesitate to recommend films without having seen them myself, but I only recently discovered a favorite documentary artist of mine, Patricio Guzman, released a film this year called "Nostalgia for the Light." Look it up if you haven't heard about it, I think based on the thoughts you share here in LJ you'd probably be interested in it.

Date: 2011-12-20 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Look it up if you haven't heard about it, I think based on the thoughts you share here in LJ you'd probably be interested in it.

Will do.

Date: 2011-12-20 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I appreciated your insight.

You're welcome.

Date: 2011-12-20 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miakodadreams.livejournal.com
Do you know whether Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart will ever be released in trade paperback at some point? Because I dearly, dearly want it, but hardcovers are out of my price range these days.

Date: 2011-12-20 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Do you know whether Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart will ever be released in trade paperback at some point?

I don't know for sure. But it's very unlikely.

Date: 2011-12-20 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sfmarty.livejournal.com
One of the reasons I love my Public Library

Date: 2011-12-20 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stillsostrange.livejournal.com
I adored Melancholia, but missed Tree of Life. I must track it down.

Date: 2011-12-20 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes! You must.

Date: 2011-12-20 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendare-blake.livejournal.com
Thank you, for the reminder to pre-order!

I can't wait to see Melancholia. I love me some Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Date: 2011-12-20 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs-ralph.livejournal.com
One of the features I like about Facebook is the feature that allows you to catagorise the people on your list and the content from them that you wish to read, it's so nice not to be slammed in the face with all of the stuff from all of them at the same time. I especially appreciate being able to make it so I am not being bombed with that Farmville crap.

My personal view on politics seems to be that the policians have all lost their frickin' minds. I don't even want to think about how it is in the states with a presidential election coming up and the nut-jobs crawling out of the woodwork.

I like to think about what a movie version of 'The Red Tree' would look like if it was filmed by Von Trier. In fact that sounds like a perfect party game for the holidaze 'What would your favorite story be like if it was filmed by X director' Maybe you could pick directors out of one container and books out of another? At the very least it might lead to some spirited discussions instead of the usual post-Queen's Speech comas.

Koobecaf

Date: 2011-12-20 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cliff52.livejournal.com
You try to teach us to read carefully - I thought 'Do not comment' was very clear.
Sadly, like moths drawn to a flame...
On a more positive note, ,Facebook', backwards, looks interesting, also.

Date: 2011-12-20 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sfmarty.livejournal.com
Good for Spooky (re the facebook screening)

I go over there once in a while to see a certain persons stuff, but on the whole I dislike it.

Date: 2011-12-20 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
Ugh, I fear "Tim Lieder" is the very same who has been known to troll people on LJ as well (maybe he got himself banned from LJ years ago for being a repeat offender) and as he is a very tiresome troll, my sympathies.

Date: 2011-12-21 12:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
went so far as to imply that my wishing people not to comment on certain items I'd posted to my FB page was comparable to an accused child molester defending himself.

That's . . . impressively tacky. By all means, screen and ban.

Spooky and I discovered how cool Artimesia looks when spelled backwards: aisemitrA. How much it recalls asymmetry.

It should be the title of a story. Possibly its recurring mystery.

Date: 2011-12-21 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblue56.livejournal.com
Missed the FB crap but I do not understand why some people have such a deep need for recreational outrage.

Nice to read you're enjoying vacation; may you have more good sleeps and more good painting time.

Bowtie into Bowie is the Bow Tie.

Edited Date: 2011-12-21 01:16 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-21 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
You should absolutely screen your "friend" requests. I've only had to ban a couple of folks, but they were seriously disturbed weirdos that make me shudder to even think of. I'm very careful now.

Date: 2011-12-21 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] insanitybook.livejournal.com
For those of us who are already your friends on the Book of Faces, is it safe to say that, now that you are screening people, we will stay friends with you as long as we're not jerks?

Bowie is rather bow tie. I've also suggested the use of "bow tie" as a descriptive phrase to my bow-tie-wearing boyfriend. He has yet to say yay or nay on the matter.

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