Wise Words for Troubled Times….

There are times when the troubles swirling around us seem overwhelming. When the last thing we seem able to do is stop and see with openness and clarity.  When in the midst of chaos, active, in-the-streets resistence looms paramount while art – and philosophy – often feel like rarified responses. In the recent issue of Poet’s Country Sam O’Hana sits down with American philosopher and gender theorist, Judith Butler to discuss an analysis of poetry at Guantanamo and International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs. Judith offers the following on just why and how we need art so badly in times like these. [Read the whole interview if you can – or at least part of it edited for Lit Hub. I’ve known Judith since we went to college together. Her words are always fascinating, thought provoking, and well worth your time.]

“Finally, it is hard to stay sensate during these times, to see and feel and hear what is happening. There is always the temptation to turn it all off, to exit, to suspend the knowledge of reality, to take leave. In some ways, literature and the arts help to make the world bearable so that we can tarry there longer with the desire to know and understand, to engage, and to transform what calls to be transformed.”

 

…Judith Butler, Philosopher/Gender Theorist
Poet’s Country No.2

 

 

‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme died at 73 | A Tribute

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“I was really hooked on movies at a very young age. The Manchurian Candidate (1962), along with Seven Days in May (1964), Fail-Safe (1964) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) were this quartet of anarchistic black-and-white American movies, each of which did things that you just didn’t do in American movies, especially in the realm of irreverence toward politics and government institutions and the Army. I was what, 16, it was shocking, it was thrilling and, interestingly, it predated my exposure to the French New Wave so, in a way, this was the American, a certain kind of new wave in American movies.” – Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme . Jodie Foster . Anthony Hopkins . All Oscars winners for top honors ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

“Your antagonist has to be every bit as formidable as your hero, or you diminish…

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Trump Incapable To Serve as President

We are through the Looking-Glass and in deep shit.

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Face of Trump Face of Trump [Mental Health Professionals Declaring Him Unable To Be President] Letter In The New York Time from February 9th 2017 letter-editor-from-mental-health-profession-declaring-him-unable-to-be-president

I am posting this now on March 4th 2017 to see if things have been getting worse. D.J.T or as I like to refer to him as ‘The Dangerous D.T.’ [DDT] has topped Nixon. Now who ever thought it possible Watergate would be made to appear like a small wave compared to the Tsunami brewing in Washington D.C. and especially at the White House. Let us wait and see what kind of ride this tale out of some story teller’s crazy mind will take us. ‘Fasten your seat belts – it’s going to be a bumpy night [I prefer ‘ride’].’ Leave it to All About Eve to give us the perfect line.  –  j.kiley

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