A Little Knowledge …

I am not entirely sure why but in the past few months I have been on an almost frenetic quest for knowledge.  Its like I am having some kind of mid life crisis (one that the silver convertible cannot assuage) and that I have realized that my time on this earth is finite and I must cram as many facts into my weary head as possible.  It has gotten to the point that I cannot really tolerate most television programming and I have been eschewing reading fiction (which I generally love) in favour of more factual fare.  I just finished an absolutely fascinating series of articles on Nazi Germany by a jouranlist named Gitta Sereny. Having polished off a book called “The Westies” on the Irish mafia in New York City’s Hells Kitchen I picked up another effort by the same author on race relations in New York during the 1970s.  I have also been using my Hot Docs membership as much as possible, taking in films ranging from the story of Darwin, California (population:  35) to the 1975 Academy Award winning opus “Hearts & Minds” which examines the intricate details of the Vietnam War.

Oh, and I went to see “The Expendables 2”.  Yup, just needed to see how far I could swing the intellectual pendulum.

“The Expendables 2” is a visual candy store if indeed the treats you seek are inconceivable amounts of bullets, blood and mayhem. It was like the film makers took all the gratuitous violence that had been edited out of ever movie last year and stuffed it in this one.  Bombs and bad puns explode at every turn and the phrase “rest in pieces” is uttered at one point,  not without reason. The gossamer thread that presents itself as the plot line is really only there to create a scenario for some retired action hero to step out of the smoke and take a bow. Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris (in a particularly unbelievable sequence of events which is saying a LOT under the circumstances) take their turn.  The only one missing was Steven Seagal.  Categorically ridiculous and, for what it was, enormous fun.

Newton’s law of motion state that for every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.  Good to know that the principles of Physics, a subject I was categorically hopeless at in high school, should now be waging a pitched battle in my brain so many years later.

2 Responses to “A Little Knowledge …”

  1. Stacey Bernstein says:

    Hi Jane,

    I feel the same way—not sure if it has anything to do with the new age of consciousness and 2012, but I too have been on this quest for knowledge and I don’t think we are alone. Now that I am back from performing my show in Edmonton (which requires a good long get-together to fill you in—weekend of the 15th? walk at the Brickworks, shopping and breakfast?) I just finished Neale Donald Walsch’s “Conversations with God” (Book 1 for the second time) but now am on book 2…and Russell says that books 2 and 3 are even more thought-provoking. But I share the sentiment that fiction is just not cutting it these days. I need to feel connected or moved by real journeys…biographies…history….yesterday I read Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” based on her solo show…it probably reads better performed but nonetheless, an interesting and emotional journey….and prior to that, Abraham Lincoln’s biography, “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin… amazing read. Talk about a reluctant hero! You’re not alone on this feeling is what I wanted to convey—but there is more to say which requires further thought marinading and hopefully we can continue this discussion in person. I look forward to seeing you! Stacey

  2. Stacey Bernstein says:

    Weird—I just saw my comment posted and it says that it was posted at 8:28 PM but the time I sent it was 4:28 PM. Strange…hmmm

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