Archive for May, 2010

Beginner’s Mind

The inexperienced teacher, fearing his own ignorance, is afraid to admit it. Perhaps that courage only comes when one knows to what extent ignorance is almost universal. Attempts to camouflage it are simply a waste, in the long run, of time. If the teacher is slow of wit, he may well be terrified by students […]

Blood For Dracula

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #28: Paul Morrissey’s Blood For Dracula. Blood for Dracula is little different, in essence, from it’s partner, Flesh for Frankenstein. I guess if I had to pick, I’d say I enjoyed this movie better, mainly due to the ridiculously gratuitous nudity, hot lesbian make-out scenes and a scene […]

Caveat Emptor

There are endless things we can and have learned from nature that have daily, practical application in our lives. Velcro was invented by a guy who took a close look at the burrs that stuck to his dog’s fur. It wasn’t given to us by Vulcans. I’m sure my mom has a special place in […]

Flesh for Frankenstein

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #27: Paul Morrissey’s Flesh for Frankenstein. Also known, for obvious marketing reasons, as Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, this film only uses the name “Frankenstein” as a pop culture reference to go along with the other clichéd horror tropes; mad scientists, castle laboratories, sundry chunks of corpses, creepy assistant, etc. […]

Hui Neng – The Mind That Moves

Hui Neng was an illiterate peasant who had experienced a sudden awakening upon hearing the Lotus Sutra recited aloud, and went to join the monastery of the Fifth Patriarch of Zen. The Patriarch recognized that Hui Neng was in the process of awakening, but rather than openly acknowledge this he assigned him to care for […]

To Do List

Das Schnitzel Haus Udupi East Coast Original Custard Korea House (The Bibim Bam is as awesome as I remembered) Punk Rock Softball Caveman Diaries/Megachurch CD Release (more to come) Paint upstairs apartment Eat southern-roasted turkey, polenta and roasted red onion & avocado salad with neighbors Jack Frost Donuts (I’ve had the donuts plenty of times, […]

The Wolf Man

Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, and Hercules don’t scare me. The FBI, the anti-American Committee, J. Edgar Hoover, President Nixon, President Johnson, Martha Mitchell and her husband, or her man, or her woman, Ethel Kennedy, all the Kennedys, The Bank of America, Chase Manhattan, Rockefeller, none of these people scare me. What […]

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #17: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. Chances are you won’t like this movie. Even if you do enjoy it for its cinematic and allegorical value, you won’t like it. If you do like it on anything approaching an emotionally satisfying level, please seek […]