Rifts, valleys, fault lines, gravity

In Current reading, Film, Fun, Irish Mist, Local projects, Revision, Sanford Meisner, Scene Prep on December 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

The funnier parts don’t always jump up to greet you. In fact, some of the funnier parts take a while to filter out. There’s something of the mountain climbing aspect involved – metaphorical, in my case, at this stage in my life. Save for exceptional circumstances,getting to  the funnier parts is A) labor intensive; B) often counterintuitive; C) a saving grace to bear in mind when the avalanche lands and the Boulder Ploy doesn’t work.

As an antidote of sorts against some of the heavier aspects on the agenda, I’m reading Mario Vargas Llosa’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (in its French incarnation: La tante Julia et le scribouillard). Ah, translations. You see it right there. While there’s nothing derogatory per se in the word Scripwriter, the French scribouillard (scribbler) has connotations of the hack; the less than presentable; say, the person who scribbles those crawlers at the bottom of your screen. Except Vargas Llosa is a writer. He could take an empty can of sardines as his main protagonist and keep you rooting for it even as the crushing jaws of the garbage truck hover millimeters away.

For which I am thankful, and say muchas gracias to Vargas Llosa.

On the Astronomy Picture of the Day, I discover something called the Potsdam Gravity Potato – a clever depiction of what the globe looks like, gravity-wise. The gravity field is heavier over Europe and lighter in the Indian Ocean. Go figure. Does this have any bearing on relative values of light-heartedness? Are the flying fishes of the Indian Ocean friskier than the herring in the North Sea, for instance? Would the Pentagon consider paying ichthyologists to run studies on this topic? Would the military as a whole consider investing in sacral realignment? Examine the notion of fun as a laudable pursuit for mankind?

Allez. Suspension of disbelief. Works better than meditation, at least for me.


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