November 18th, 2011

Interesting words

"I feel that there is much to be said for the Celtic belief that the souls of those whom we have lost are held captive in some inferior being, in an animal, in a plant, in some inanimate object, and so effectively lost to us until the day (which to many never comes) when we happen to pass by the tree or to obtain possession of the object which forms their prison. Then they start and tremble, they call us by our name, and as soon as we have recognized their voice the spell is broken. We have delivered them: they have overcome death and return to share our life. And so it is with our own past. It is a labor in vain to attempt to recapture it: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile. The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) which we do not suspect. As for that object, it depends on chance whether we come upon it or not before we ourselves must die. When from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection."
Marcel Proust

512 - things showing up

It sure is funny how things show up. I was just at Barnes & Noble, looking at the Criterion sale of dvd's. Up pops a movie I have always wanted to own, My Life as a Dog, the Swedish coming of age movie set at the time of Sputnik. It has the repeated line "I think of Laika" about the dog the Russians sent up to outer space, ultimately to die. Anyway, this was a blue ray version, and I wanted the regular, so the salesman showed me the regular wall of Blue-Ray, and there it was, half price, too but based on a regular price of $39.95. I am so glad to see it, then guess what. Right next to it is a movie I have looked for for years, Stephen Frears "The Hit" with John Hurt, Terence Stamp and Tim Roth. I couldn't believe it. All I ever hear about the movie is that it is impossible to find. Last week I finally found it in Greece and bought it over eBay. The next day I got an email from the seller, asking if I really wanted a dvd made for the European market. Which I don't. Bummer. So I put "My Life as a Dog" aside and now have "The Hit" sitting next to me at the laptop in Starbucks. Anyway, this was a lucky visit. I will try to come back on Monday, the last day of the half-off Criterion sale to get "My Life as a Dog."

I can't explain how such coincidences happen to me, but they do.