Tuesday, May 19, 2015


"He was born in Portland, oregon. He then went to prison for taking pictures of a basketball court. After escaping prison, he moved to Australia to change his name and identity. He then moved back to the U.S. becoming a farmer of peppers and onions, a lover of garlic. Even though he likes the open space of the Grand Canyon and farms, he likes the city life as well. Then, he moved to Milledgeville, to become a teacher."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kafka's lover

He was a hermit, a man of insight who was frightened by life... He saw the world as being full of demons which assail and destroy defenseless man... All his works describe the terror of mysterious misconceptions and guiltless guilt in human beings.
- Milena Jesenka

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Metamorphosis

Nabokov’s note in his annotated copy:
“The soul has died with Gregor; the healthy young animal takes over. The parasites have fattened themselves on Gregor.” 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Au Hasard Balthazar

One of my students on Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar (1966): "This last scene was extremely powerful and deeply saddening to me for reasons I can't possibly explain. The bells of the sheep and the music that played just added to the emotional power..."