Thursday, December 20, 2007
Pascal & "Language Poetry"
A number of false starts on the second screenplay. I have a plot developing but it's like squeezing water from a stone. I've read a number of reviews of the Coen brothers No Country for Old Men and it sounds like a culture of death bonanza package. Hideously tired today as a result of making the mistake of getting up in the morning. Noticed a note in the back of Pascal's Pensées that could aptly be applied to the endless theorizing the "language poets" invariably envelope themselves in: "They argue like people proving it is night at noon." Pascal has unusual depth: "Is not our span of life equally infinitesimal in eternity, even if it is extended by ten years?" "Too much kindness annoys us." "We are so presumptuous that we should like to be known all over the world." [As every weblogger well knows!] "The right way is to want what God wants." "As if reason were the only way we could learn!" "It is not in space that I must seek my human dignity, but in the ordering of my thought." "I can only approve of those who seek with groans."