THE SEED CATALOG 2007
January, February, March
The intractable figure of death leading
players over the landscape is the final scene of Ingmar Bergman's
THE SEVENTH SEAL
Popcorn Double Feature Shows
Ingmar Bergman’s THE
MAGICIAN (1958) would be a perfect double
feature companion to THE ILLUSIONIST (2006). They share
similar nuances of mystification and existential
suspense, and both finally are exuberant visions
regarding the triumph of magic. I never have understood
why THE MAGICIAN is one of Ingmar Bergman’s less
circulated masterpieces. To me, it’s the best! It has
the same brooding black & white look of his earlier
works, but there is a strong undertow of joyous humor in
it, as well. At times the magician and his strange,
wandering troupe seem to only be a sham, but some deeper
mystery always arrives to compound the puzzle. Finally,
what this film is about is the unpredictable magic of
plain old human love and its wildly variated
proves beyond doubt that Edward Norton is a superior
actor! A minimalist in this role, to be sure. Early on,
the story goes, he encountered an old man by the road,
who was an authentic illusionist, or as we would say
today, a magician. And no wonder that the youthful
aspirant to such a world was indelibly impressed, as,
according to legend, things progressively were
disappearing under the influence of this old dude by the
road, and finally he himself dissolves into thin air. To
put it lightly, that demonstration set the course for
Edward Norton’s character, who, in something like 1920s
(or earlier) Europe, becomes the David Copperfield of
his day, with a decidedly edgy slant toward the
sinister, darker side. Preposterous perhaps, the
spiritualist displays he summon onto the stage before
rapt audiences – but finally, who cares. Even if it’s
just a show, what a show! And you never know. Real magic
is always lurking around in the shadows. As Leonard
Cohen says, “God is alive, magic is afoot.”
Who am I? How did I
come into the world? Why was I not consulted?
– Soren Kierkegaard
Imagine an infinity of
lives and choices. There would be, I fear, infinitely more chaos
than we currently “enjoy”as a result. Boundaries allow the
freedom to focus freely upon what we hope to achieve and upon
what is, after all, the most amazingly wonderful fact of all –
the fact of Now. In the realm of our being, there is a balance
of limited freedom and inexorable circumstance. The boundaries
that most effectively and favorably influence our behavior are
freely chosen from within; the others – restrictions of space,
time and sentient existence – simply are there and require
adaptive acceptance. Life as we know it is dissolving before our
very eyes. We cannot detain or explain it. Time moves us along
according to agendas beyond our ability to comprehend, and
always there is the crisis of danger and opportunity.
– Bill Joyner
To be completely free
means waking up from all dreamlike states, and reclaiming who
you are: the maker of reality.
– Deepak Chopra
... in the
course of our life we leave and are left and let go of
much that we love. Losing is the price we pay for
living. It is also the source of much of our growth and
Judith Viorst in NECESSARY LOSSES
We are well
advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used
to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.
Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us,
hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a dark night
and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them,
who is going to make amends.
Dreams are only dreams,
not necessarily signs of foreboding. Dreams are fantasies of the
unconscious, dimly glimpsed through shades of slumber, but they
are not literal descriptions of daytime reality Dreams do
have a lot to do with a person’s inner sense of reality, though.
I often dream about being disoriented, bereft of meaningful
assistance, separated from my car or my bike, without telephone
contact, unsure of where I am, insecure, afraid of “losing it.”
Reality reassures us somewhat that we are not so utterly lost as
our dreams sometime suggest, but the dream remains as a
reminder of our need for greater inward AND outward stability.
do anything you tell them,
as long as you do what
– T. Bone Burnett, in his song
Act well at the moment and you
have performed a good action to all eternity.
– Johann Lavater
Only those who take
leisurely what the people of the world are busy about can be busy
about what the world takes leisurely.
– Chang Ch’ao
We shall all have a rugged time of
it, to keep our mind open and ... deep, to keep our
sense of duty and our ability to make it. We shall have
a rugged time of it, all of us, in keeping these garden
paths, but this, as I see it, is the human condition and
in this condition we can help, because we can love one
There’s no such thing as
not enough time if you’re doing what you want to do.
– Robert Half
Some critics of string
theory say that it may prove nothing, that as far as parallel
realities are concerned, this is it. But I heard one thing loud and
clear in the discussion among physicists on NPR: everything that is,
began with a big bang.
Dr. J of the
Saturday Sixties Show (12-2 PM}
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