Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What endures

Woke up feeling off. Dreaming of the breakup of the country. Then, thanks to a cryptic text from B --whose birthday is today: Happy Birthday, boyo-- read about the murder of the ambassador in Libya. And, via Facebook, a story about how "racist" peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are, according to the Portland educational system. I used to think extreme right-wingers were hysterical when they said that liberalism was a mental disorder; not any more.

At that point my declinist stomach started to churn and roil.

God, if I were King of America, there would be a forest of gallows as far as the eye could see. Whites: The Most Foolish People On The Planet (c).

Anyway, one of the ways I distract myself --escape-- when I feel off like this is remembering what lasts. And part of that is how men are with each other.

Two film images.

The first is from Redwoods (2009), a movie I really like and have seen several times, regardless of (ok, because of) its romantic sappiness, etc.  The two leads have real chemistry as they play out their initial and instantaneous entrancement. Their interactions have the ring of truth. And not just in bed.

The second is from another flick, Testosterone (2003). Oppositely, an unnerving and offputting story, full of lies and obsessions. One scene, between a lead and the other lead's ex-boyfriend, also tells a truth about men.


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