“It is the only good fight that there is.”

Charles Bukowski  in Factotum 

Don’t Look Back!

Let me look back at the past twelve months, that is, 2008. This year had a lot to do with death: I wrote about it, I thought about it, and I went to a few funerals. I skipped the wedding invitations. A few babies were born. I had my first experience teaching Aikido for pre-school kids. Harold Pinter died, and just a few days before he passed away I listened to his Nobel Lecture.

One look at the headlines of the past week, and I do wonder what it is that humanity has really learned throughout the millennia. Culture? Civilisation? It would be nice! Nice to have, but obviously a luxury that we can not yet afford.

To mention death in the second sentence may strike you as odd. I am watching the last scene of the film Babel, and there a father hugs his daughter on the balcony of a Tokyo highrise. That is the one scene that has remained in my memory ever since I saw the film on the big screen. Life is odd, absurd even. It is perhaps the absurdity and oddness of it all that has me so in love with life.

Last night I watched The Spy Who Loved Me and was reminded of how wonderfully fantastic fiction is. Reality is a whole lot more perplexing and often devoid of plausible plots. After seeing Quantum of Solace, I wanted to watch an old James Bond strip, if nothing else because I love the cars, but Agent Triple X is one of my favourites. Comparing the gadgetry is fun, from a dymo tape to a smart phone, there have been thirty years in between, and we are still using radio waves for communication. Deep down, not much has changed, not even the hairstyles! The plots are however primordial, it is still about water and skin is beautiful. Girls walk in the desert in high hills… You know, it is the same old story, really!

But for 2008, here is one review (German), or another here, or still another here.

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Power Remittance

Achilles: Is it tears that I see in your eyes?

Tortoise: I would have killed you long ago, if only I could live without you.

Achilles: Is it tears that I see in your eyes?

Tortoise: Tears? Remember that I danced the night away just to escape your insanity…

Achilles: You have changed. I can’t keep up with you. I see tears, and I see your fire burning hotter than ever, I see you. You can’t hide from me. You can fool them all, you can’t fool me. You, absolute fool!

Tortoise: When was the last time that you loved me? When have you ever loved me?

Achilles: My love for you has given you the life of that wonderful arrogant diva that I see crying now. You remain untouchable and unpenetrated. You are so transparent and fragile, you are ether now. Where are you?

Tortoise: I will transcend tears to laughter. I will inflict the pain of ecstasy and I will be as I am.

Achilles: There is no pain.

Tortoise: There is no laughter.

Achilles: Flying high you are! And to think that I love no other…

Tortoise: I know. I do not want to feel it.