My long journey to Paterson

I meant to sit down and write about many other movies. “Moonlight”, for instance, made me experience stomach pangs unlike any I had felt in a while and that, indeed, I had forgotten. I was there with the characters during the long, tension-filled, concluding scene, feeling their fear, hesitation, shame, resolve to go through with what they must. It tired me but, in the end, … Continue reading My long journey to Paterson

Seneca, My Latin Lover

One of the letters from Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca to his friend, Lucilius Junior will be the reason I finally learn Latin. Greetings from Seneca to Lucilius Continue to act thus, my dear Lucilius—set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which til lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands. Make … Continue reading Seneca, My Latin Lover

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself

The most beautiful and brilliant Craigslist posting ever written Sometimes the greatest work of art is not purposefully so. The beautifully written piece below is originally a posting on Craigslist. A posting that I, however, consider to be one of the greatest short [life] stories or, to be perfectly sincere, love letters of our time. The letter’s heartbreaking beginning is only rivaled by its conclusion; … Continue reading I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself

Art needs solitude

“It takes the courage to be there. You run into your own pettiness. Your own cowardice. You run into all kinds of ugly sides of yourself.” There is a history of art and solitude. One cannot exist without the other. A solitary man does not necessarily produce art but, for an artist, solitude is necessary to get closer to his personal truth, to know himself, … Continue reading Art needs solitude

Contemporary classical ballet

Italy and Germany make a nice combination The contemporary classical music is entitled “Infra 5” by German born composer Max Richter (who has also re-worked Vivaldi’s Four Seasons). The ballerinas, Eris Nezha (Albanian) and Petra Conti (Italian),are husband and wife, former first dancers of the Teatro ala Scala, the internationally famous opera house in Milan, Italy. Continue reading Contemporary classical ballet

Songs of Biblical Proportions: “Take me to Church” and “Hallelujah”

The magical combination of love and religion that spawned endless covers There is a certain magic that happens when [physical] love is described in [literal] terms of faith and religion. Clearly, this works because they, piousness and physical love – are often seen as opposites or, rather, enemies of one another. So when one is taken to describe the other, boundaries of blasphemy are crossed and, in that, there’s certain power … Continue reading Songs of Biblical Proportions: “Take me to Church” and “Hallelujah”