Friday, July 19, 2013

Healing Power of Written Word

'Art doesn’t do well in the dark. But that’s where we’ve put it'
~ "In the long run, it may turn out that rascality is necessary to human government, and even to civilization itself--that civilization, at bottom, is nothing but a colossal swindle." (H.L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy) Gabbie's mentor at 16th Street ~ Geoffrey Rush

Sure, it sounds cheesy, but there is more and more evidence of the extraordinary healing power of writing things do. Write about your most profound fears, your feelings of loneliness, of regret and grief. Then hide it somewhere where nobody will ever find it, don't tell a soul, and we'll all carry on making cynical wisecracks on Twitter like it never even happened Why you really should keep a journal ~ A controversial Harper's essay about the waning relevance of poetry is just the latest in a long history of similar writings—whose authors share a few particular characteristics. Literature for Dead

Fiction, but memoir. Here you know Motive and act who made them so. Life falls in scenes; its tragedies Close in contrived catastrophes. Much is evasion. Some years pass With Some years later. In this glass Reflection sees reflection’s smile And self-engrossment is good style. Fiction is fiction: its one theme Is its allegiance to its scheme. Memoir is memoir: there your heart Awaits the judgment of your art. But memoir in fictitious guise Is telling
truth by telling lies

Australia is making some great films from The Sapphires to The Rocket to Satellite Boy. So why aren't aren't audiences watching more of them – at home and abroad? Why don't we watch more Australian films?

History of Australia over the last 50,000 years