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华人又当了. 这篇是一个标志性的post: 第一次在这里先发表. 估计搬家到这里来指日可待了. 还有很多work我想做, 比方说better template啦, 加widget啦, 改一些default display setting啦, 比如browsing archived entries, i would like to see a brief description of each post, just for refreshing memories. 希望什么时候兴致来了, 大大的在这里work一下.  现在, 只能先将就了, 原本的background是白色的, 所以图片在这里特别显眼 😦

回到电影, 很好看. 尤其喜欢这个漫画的风格, 很多黑白处理, 面部非常简单, 但是非常有表现力, 把人物内心的挣扎,心理活动表现得非常准确, 所谓less is more最好的注解. 情节上面有很touching的地方, 但是总的来说全世界各地的人长大的过程都差不多, 就算是原教旨主义增加了一些额外的问题, 但是看起来更像是cocktail party上面讲small talk的材料, 并没有那种大是大非对人生产生多大多大影响的作用. 总之就是a story trying to find who i am. 不管怎样, 讲的还是很不错的.

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03/25/2009

King Corn

这个电影当年来三藩的时侯还试图纠集同事去看。本来应该是很好看的东西。还好当年没有成行。根本不值得。没有什么信息量。节奏太慢。有点boring.

Legend of 1900

看完了去查,才发现和天堂电影院是同一个导演。怪不得看的时候都有点烦,觉得有点painful, 觉得拜托,point已经make也已经taken了,能不能move on啦。

但是premise还是很有意思的。比方说船代表什么,岸代表什么。仔细想想有很大的发挥空间。结尾的笑话没听懂。不知道对主题是怎么烘托的。还是说这是人家欧洲电影的特性,就不打算让人明白。

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03/25/2009

电影主题很沉重,有关种族歧视怎样在文明社会生根发芽及其可能的后果。。。但是表现手法很approachable. 不过是一个夏天和一个刚刚失去父亲的寂寞的小男孩儿而已。据说是导演的半自传,从这一点上说和almost famous有异曲同工之妙。

摄影和表演都非常棒。尤其是Combo的表演,非常有张力。有时候看的我心惊胆颤的,因为很明显最后要有什么不好的事情发生,所以总是在这个anticipation中,生怕镜头一转什么事情就会发生。

同 样是讲racial topics, American History X也是非常类似的选择了讲述一个人怎样被anger吞噬。但是这部片子触及了一整个阶层的故事,放在了马岛之战的时代背景里面,更不用说童年这个视 角,nostalgia的味道要浓多了,但是同时警醒和讽刺的力量也差了,仿佛现在大家都改好了,世界大同,不需要worry这些东西了。

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03/23/2009


这本小书还行. 主要是前面几篇综述性的文章还不错. 后面谈到具体的例子的时候, 开始重复, 文章质量也下降了. 这些评论具体的园林的文章, 很适合旅游前阅读, 能够大概知道该看些什么或者应该往哪里看.

当 然也可以argue, 什么时候我们需要这么统一的审美了. 好的东西总是好的, 各人心里各有一个哈母雷特的说. 也可以. 我从小就很喜欢谐趣园, 每次总能在里面花上几个小时, 彼时也没有读过园林概论的说. 所以这些知识总是optional的, 尤其是在艺术上有追求的人, 类似书籍还是少读为妙, 以免压抑了自己真正的艺术表现能力.

另一个读后感, 深感我们文化中这些博大精深的部分, 非常难以量化. 开始读的时候, 不是很感冒, 因为总是虚着讲, 什么宜开不宜合啦. 就是事情做完了, 看起来不错的时候可以找来justification的那种话, 但是在工作开始之前, 想应该怎么做的时候, 没有任何借鉴的作用. 你说, 这让子孙后辈们怎么来重复或者发扬光大祖宗的成就呢?

不过, 书读多几页, 渐渐意识到虽然满纸虚言, 但是作者好象确实还是知道一些东西, 也在讲一些东西的. 所以才一直读了下去. 如果稍微没有能领会到行文之后(都不是between the lines)的意思, 能不能看下去, 就很难讲了.

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03/16/2009


连 续看了两本类似self blabbing的书. ok, this is showing too much disrespect for the two authors, both of whom are kind of heavy weight in recent Chinese history: 梁漱溟和王朔. in a sense, they are similar too: they both have an air of sincerity about them that the author (or talking person) is trying to understand themselves too through these expression vehicles. However, just as hard, if not harder, to understand anyone else, it is nearly impossible to understand self. Not to mention the discrepancy between own perception and perceptions from other people.

Sometimes I wonder why people are born at all. Apparently if you have some smarts, you are going to suffer for a lot of the times. Either you reach out and suffer disappointment, from people you love, or you close out the rest of the world and be tormented in the forever sadness of living and living lonely. The description of his own family, the story about his parents and especially about their inability to express their emotions is so depressing. All these people, they got cut off between what they do and what they want to do. And for all these times they inflict tremendous amount of pain on each other. Isn’t life such a sad being?

The solution Wang Shuo took, to escape from such disheartened livings, is to be extremely selfish. If you think about the premise of the book, it is to show how much he loves his daughter. About half way into the book, he finally revealed he actually abandoned his daughter while she was little (by divorce) and never lived with her again. She does not even read this book. So Wang Shuo is essentially expressing his love to someone who is not listening. Well, that explains the existence of such a book to begin with. If he had the chance or the capability to tell his daughter the depth of his emotions, he would be doing that in everyday life, instead of writing a book.

The book is for Wang Shuo himself. But it won’t heal any of his pains. Even he tried this hard. Because he needs to change not just talk.

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03/16/2009


看了dong同学推荐的书目去找梁漱溟的书, 当时在当当上面只有这本. 这本是梁晚年和一位美国研究者的对话的录音实录. 中间有意思的小东西还是挺有意思的, 包括对民国时期的人物, 活动的回忆应该都是珍贵的史料.

但 是我觉得总的来说有点儿不知所云. 看完问我梁先生的主要思想是什么, 我只能回答有佛家和儒家两个部分. 剩下就什么都不知道了. 一方面, 当然是我学疏才浅, 另一方面这个对话录音的直接整理, 非常chatty, 非常重复. 实在也看不出什么东西来. 我觉得还是读一些更像样更成型的文章比较好, 至少对于投入的时间来说, 学习到或者了解到的东西要多一些.

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2/27/2009


这本很好看. 是Amanda Hesser和老公谈恋爱期间的故事. 搀杂了友谊, 爱情和家庭. 菜谱看起来都不错的说, 有很多我想试试的.

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