Saturday, June 22, 2013

Javier Tomeo (1932-2013)

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Marie Luise Kaschnitz (1901-1974)

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Steht noch dahin

Ob wir davonkommen ohne gefoltert zu werden, ob wir eines natürlichen Todes sterben, ob wir nicht wieder hungern, die Abfalleimer nach Kartoffelschalen durchsuchen, ob wir getrieben werden in Rudeln, wir haben's gesehen. Ob wir noch die Zellenklopfsprache lernen, den Nächsten belauern, vom Nächsten belauert werden, und bei dem Wort Freiheit weinen müssen. Ob wir uns fortstehlen rechtzeitig auf ein weißes Bett oder zugrunde gehen am hundertfachen Atomblitz, ob wir es fertigbringen mit einer Hoffnung zu sterben, steht noch dahin, steht alles noch dahin.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Current Favourite Sentences

When Hawks was the preponderant author, as in his adventure movies, all the plots were the same. There was an experienced guy, and his drunken sidekick who had to get his soul back before he could join in the task of mowing down the heavies, and there was a worshipping youngster and a chortling old-timer and a ballsy woman called Feathers and…

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Killing of Sister George (Robert Aldrich, 1968)

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Susannah York and Beryl Reid;

the astonishing Coral Browne;

Hugh Paddick;

Ronald Fraser,

and Cyril Delevanti.

Keelung City, Taiwan

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Ivan Ivanovich Tkhorzhevsky (1878-1951)

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Лёгкой жизни я просил у Бога:
Посмотри, как мрачно все кругом.
Бог ответил : — Подожди немного,
Ты ещё попросишь о другом.

Вот уже кончается дорога,
С каждым годом тоньше жизни нить.
Лёгкой жизни я просил у Бога,
Лёгкой смерти надо бы просить.

I asked God for an easy life: 'Look how dark everything is all around us.' God replied: 'Just you wait, you'll ask for something else.' The road is coming to its end, the thread of life is thinner every year. I asked God for an easy life, I should have asked him for an easy death.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Current Favourite Sentence

When I was at last in a sitting position I noticed that she was not altogether naked, for round her hips she wore a string of doum palm nuts fastened at the crucial point by a metal disc on which was written in clear print: 'CORNERI & BOGLIASCO, CREMONA - YELLOW PEACH JAM OF THE FINEST QUALITY'.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

El espíritu de la colmena (1973)

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