Archive for July, 2009

Things I read today (“Giraffes are this desire in the dark”)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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How astonishing it is that language can almost mean,
and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say,
God, we say, Rome and Michiko, we write, and the words
get it all wrong. We say bread and it means according
to which nation. French has no word for home,
and we have no word for strict pleasure. A people
in northern India is dying out because their ancient
tongue has no words for endearment. I dream of lost
vocabularies that might express some of what
we no longer can. Maybe the Etruscan texts would
finally explain why the couples on their tombs
are smiling. And maybe not. When the thousands
of mysterious Sumerian tablets were translated,
they seemed to be business records. But what if they
are poems or psalms? My joy is the same as twelve
Ethiopian goats standing silent in the morning light.
O Lord, thou art slabs of salt and ingots of copper,
as grand as ripe barley lithe under the wind’s labor.
Her breasts are six white oxen loaded with bolts
of long-fibered Egyptian cotton. My love is a hundred
pitchers of honey. Shiploads of thuya are what
my body wants to say to your body. Giraffes are this
desire in the dark. Perhaps the spiral Minoan script
is not laguage but a map. What we feel most has
no name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses, and birds.

-Jack Gilbert, The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart


Things I saw today (opening/end credits)

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Casino Royale is on and again, I was struck by how stunningly beautiful the credits are:

Seeing it again I noticed details I’d missed like Vesper’s face as the Queen as the gun sights move past it and how the hearts on the 7 card become broken.

I was trying to think of any other credits that I’d been so impressed by and I remembered I thought Iron Man’s end credits were great when I saw the movie and so I looked again for them, but I have to say, though very good, they’re not quite as amazing as Casino Royale (still really good).

(update: Unfortunately, they’ve removed the audio from the video and it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere else. Not worth watching now – boo hiss WMG!)