BLAUGUSTINE / BACK TO ARCHIVE
March 31, 2004
I have been sweating and slaving over the next installment of the God Interview - do you think it's easy? A double episode this time and I'm almost sure it will be ready to post tomorrow. No, this is not an April Fool joke. Don't anybody go away.
March 27, 2004
MESSAGE FROM AUGUSTINE
TO MEL GIBSON: Re your sado-maso
My "message" is also currently at Open Source Politics SocialEyes.
I had to see it
in the interest of research, Mel, and I'm glad to report
that my local cinema in London was half empty this afternoon.
But I hear that in America the punters are arriving by the
coachload and you've raked in a cool 350 million bucks already.
And take a lesson in simplicity from Pier Paolo Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" (1964) also filmed in Matera (the only thing your film got right, Mel) but with a non-professional cast and no special effects.
(btw, Matera was the birthplace of my sorely missed brother-in-law, brilliant writer/critic, the late Gerardo Guerrieri).
Far from being a believer, Pasolini nevertheless put more truth and holiness into his portrait of Christ than your sorry gory expensive high-techmess of hyped up religiosity has done. Get thee to a monastery, Mel. A real one.
( Above: Enrique Irazoqui as Jesus in Pasolini's film)
March 24, 2004
THE THREATENED HEART
The sense of foreboding and despair we feel about world events - more fuel poured on an already raging fire, all in the name of "security" - threatens to push us all onto the very path which we condemn others of following. Don't the slogan-makers understand the language they use? "War on terror" : war is terror so how can you conquer terror with terror? Where is the language of solution? The language of the heart? If we spend our time condemning evil, rather than searching for and expressing, as best we can, what is good, are we not losing our hearts and becoming our own enemies?
Footnote to the "Strawberry Parable" : digital picture of threatened strawberry. The God interview will continue in a few days.
March 22, 2004
NEWS and AUGUSTINE INTERVIEWS GOD: Part Four
Rain and gale force winds discouraged me from going to the demonstration but others were not so cowardly - at least 25,000 people marched in London and many more all over the planet . What all these hearts and voices are saying is : "another world is possible". But the world leaders who could make it possible are, it seems, too cynically deaf to hear the message.
Here on my own small planet, some very good news. I have discovered and been discovered by the excellent poet Ivy, currently in Dublin. And a Real Live Preacher has featured Part Three of the interview with You-Know-Who (who must be well pleased at the sudden surge of hits here at our humble home). The Preacher is like no preacher you're used to: he tells it like it is. Read his blog and his story and, even if you are not a believer, you'll have to admit that here is a real live amazing human being.
Now for the next episode of the interview. I'm archiving these strips on a new page and that's where you can see them all in the right order and comment there as well.
March 18, 2004
These are some of the places around the world where people in their thousands will be marching for peace and justice, against war and violence, this Saturday March 20, the one-year anniversary of war on Iraq. Courtesy of StopWar.org.uk Further information from United for Peace and Justice.
March 15, 2004
March 12, 2004
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST
Common Beauty has done it again: dropped a gentle pebble of suggestion in the pond, causing ripples of remembered childhood in the form of letters between those who have volunteered to take part, Natalie among them. Tender and melancholy revelations are emerging from these exchanges: linking childhoods could be the deepest way to connect to others.
Talking of childhood memories, here's one of N newly arrived in Los Angeles out of Paraguay - and Paris before that. Looks like she wishes she was back in the wilds.
March 9, 2004
BLOGGERS AND BEER AT BELGO
Another live encounter with live bloggers: the Cartoonist Ralf Zeigermann (that's him next to the Mask) and the Aardvark , Horst Prillinger (that's him next to Ralf) last night at Belgo in Covent Garden. Annie Mole was supposed to join us but unfortunately, had to cancel at the last minute due to a work emergency. Natalie insisted on coming along but I brought a mask so that when a photo was taken, I could make her vanish. We had a good time but my head is not where it should be today. Belgo is known for their moules, pommes frites and huge variety of beers. I had chicken and three large glasses of whatever was recommended by the experts. This was too much for a small cartoon but then we went to a nearby 16th Century pub known to Horst , the Lamb and something, and it seemed a good idea to have another beer. So if you don't mind, no more blogging today.
March 6, 2004
Very nice meeting on Thursday with Debra Ramage of Deborama at my local spaghetti house. No time to do much except eat, talk and drink a bad decaff from the Literary Cafe - nice place, shame about the brew. Sorry Deb, next time I'll de-caf the beans myself. Anyone with good books to review, let Debra know: she writes fine reviews, as well as astute political commentary.
And now, what you have all been waiting for........AUGUSTINE INTERVIEWS GOD: Part Two
March 2, 2004
ASTONISHINGLY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW COMING SOON!!
The Unofficial Secrets Act forbids me from mentioning who exactly I will be interviewing exclusively for readers of this blog, but trust me, you will never believe I have managed this scoop. I am at this moment being vetted for my suitability as interviewer and my nails are bitten to the quick. It may take another few days to get clearance so don't go away! Keep all fingers crossed that nobody changes their mind. I am trying to decide what to wear for the occasion.
March 1, 2004
Another glowing review of our little manual The Joy of Letting Women Down - Secrets of the Worshipped Male has appeared - this one by reformed WM (so he says) Cass Brown. Since he has now been elected President of the Galaxy, some worshipping must still be going on somewhere. Go and read this expert's confirmation that our book hits the bull's eye, gently. Here's the last part of his review: