Perhaps it is no surprise that I would be attracted to a movie adaptation of a novel (The French Lieutenant's Woman, 1969) written by Harold Pinter. As I noted with The Servant [The Compass Rose, March 29th, 2009], Pinter's skill at adaptation is among the most impressive of any serious playwright in the history of the medium. Meeting the challenge of translating an ambitious full-length historico-philosophical narrative by a serious novelist of ideas, he created an alternative "double-thread" parallel technique to replicate Fowles's contemporary (modern) point of view with respect his very Victorian story.
Monday, August 31, 2009
If autobiography is an acknowledged creative use of materials, we must be cautious about imputing any significance whatever to the purported meaning of the one's own (the Author's) version of the past. Watten's essay is an explicit acknowledgment of this dilemma (or fallacy).
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The ballet Fancy Free  was the collaboration of Leonard Bernstein (score) and Jerome Robbins (choreography). Premiering just 15 months before the Japanese surrender in August 1945, its theme was three sailors on shore leave in New York.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The San Francisco Giants' recent difficulties at Denver highlight a season-long problem the team has had generating runs in the clutch. Sporting a major-league leading low team pitching ERA, the've lost at least 20 games as a result of weak hitting. As the design of teams goes, the Giants can claim that they've constructed a line-up based on opportunistic hitting, speed, hustle and "smart" at-bats; since they lack power and don't even really have a classic RBI 4th-place man, since Barry Bonds left. But their performance in terms of on-base percentage, walks, average, and in clutch pressure situations, has been dismal.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
San Francisco City Board of Supervisors Member David Campos has made a proposal that undocumented juveniles (read Latino criminals) not be referred by the city to federal immigration officials, in direct controversion of Federal law.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The California Delta has been the focus of the debate over water usage in the state since early in the last century. The American West, in particular the Southwest, is relatively water-poor when compared with other parts of the country. As the settlement of the West proceeded in the 20th Century, water rights and access became hotly debated topics. Big agriculture was able to broker advantageous agreements. As the urban and suburban population centers grew, their political clout enabled them to compete for those same sources of water.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The crucial contradiction at the heart of the debate over public "universal health coverage" is that society ultimately cannot afford the same level of care for all of its citizens. Just half a century ago, medical insurance was largely nonexistent. It wasn't until the 1940's that group health coverage plans began to gain traction in America.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Brett Weston [1911-1993], was the second son of Edward Weston [1886-1958]. It is not unheard of for a superior artistic talent and proclivity to pass from one generation to the next, but it's unusual when the son's work carries on and elaborates upon the father's accomplishments, as seamlessly and interestingly as Brett Weston did. The Twentieth Century saw the flowering of the first phase of art photography; in fact, father Edward was instrumental in showing the potential aesthetic possibilities of "straight" (clear-focus), on a par with the efforts of painting and sculpture.