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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 05:35 PM
    Somehow that universe seems less violent than the one we're stuck in. That's strange when you consider how violent life on earth is in that movie....
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-14-2018, 05:28 PM
    Yes, he represents the universe as a forbidding but ultimately harmonious place. Is this a deism on Kubrick's part intruding on Clarke's atheism? I...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 08:26 PM
    Here is my take on the Blue Danube scene: I think it's largely ironic. We have just seen primal humanity master its fate by mastering the tool (to...
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  • PeterL's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 09:15 AM
    I'm glad that you found it good. I hope that some people will find it educational.
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    01-11-2018, 09:19 PM
    This started as just being about exaggeration, but it became more general. Enjoy Part of the zeitgeist of these times is that the people producing...
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    01-11-2018, 09:16 PM
    Part of the zeitgeist of these times is that the people producing news coverage exaggerate most of the time. It isn't enough for them that there is a...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 08:26 PM
    Well, Kubrick is to be commended for trying, even if his materialism dooms his efforts to go any further. The truth is that theology and art...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-10-2018, 08:42 PM
    I think Clarke and Kubrick are trying find the point where myth and magic (which is how they see religion) become science and technology. To my way...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-09-2018, 06:13 PM
    Yes, although you could argue that Kubrick's Alex does not possess total freedom if he is not free from his own compulsion to violence. This is what...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-09-2018, 09:10 AM
    Pompey Bum replied to a thread Thomas' Gospel. in Religious Texts
    Yes, "in flesh" is quite a concession from the Thomas community. It's a reason, I suppose, to regard its members as not quite radical gnostics but...
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    01-09-2018, 08:50 AM
    Pompey Bum replied to a thread Thomas' Gospel. in Religious Texts
    Yes, a belated merry Christmas and happy new year. We'll take a cup o' kindness yet. :) On the surface this is just more Thomas asceticism....
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-08-2018, 09:05 PM
    I'm sympathetic with Burgess, but on the other hand, between the publisher and Kubrick, Burgess died well off (there are worse things than an...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-06-2018, 11:59 AM
    I agree there is irony in Schneider's final diagnosis. In no way is The Idiot an abandonment of faith--just a courageous reckoning with doubt. I...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-05-2018, 08:05 PM
    Personal ideas from authors are what we want (or what I want as a reader in any case). But the question of whether Kubrick's version was a fable is...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-05-2018, 02:19 PM
    Happy New Year to you, Gladys, and merry Christmas. I think we are rapidly approaching the agree to disagree point on this subject. This has been an...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-05-2018, 02:18 PM
    I suppose. Otherwise I find O'Neil an unusual choice. He plays Redmond Barry as something of a blank slate (a young boy from an provincial Irish...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-04-2018, 07:54 PM
    Barry Lyndon is my favorite Kubrick film. I'm even a fan of its pre-ms pac man pacing, which, more to the point, tries to reproduce the pace of life...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-04-2018, 06:36 PM
    Merry Christmas, Ecurb! Nice to see you are still rambling with us. :)
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-04-2018, 06:33 PM
    We are misunderstanding one another to some extent, but perhaps that can help since it sounds like Kubrick and Burgess were doing the same thing. I...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-03-2018, 05:48 PM
    Well, it's nice to be called an optimist for a change. I am not a very optimistic person. Theologically speaking I have what is called a low...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-02-2018, 08:29 PM
    I prefer Burgess' Alex to Kubrick's, but I recognize that I am in the minority in that opinion. Kubrick's Alex is more shocking (and the director's...
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  • PeterL's Avatar
    01-02-2018, 10:39 AM
    A few decades ago, I drank Ballantine Ale pretty much every day for several years. I can imagine better tasting ales, but Ballantine was something...
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  • PeterL's Avatar
    01-02-2018, 10:21 AM
    PeterL commented on blog entry Crazy Indeed? in Kiz_Paws Bag Of Trix
    I wouldn't have thoughts of igloos, but if one is going to play outside in such cold, then it makes sense. There are different places in the world...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-01-2018, 08:14 PM
    Happy new year! I finished reading The Possessed over the holidays (or rather rereading it after 30 years). I agree with you that too much goes on at...
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    12-31-2017, 09:25 AM
    PeterL commented on blog entry Crazy Indeed? in Kiz_Paws Bag Of Trix
    I know what you mean about the sounds. Cold air is denser, so it is a better conductor of sound waves, so ordinary conversation can be clearly...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    12-24-2017, 03:43 PM
    First of all, feliz Natal (and merry Christmas to all reading this). Second, I apologize for my IPad: it sometimes deletes words for no reason. It...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    12-23-2017, 09:21 PM
    Yes, this is what I meant about Claudius being Graves' greatest triumph over mainstream opinion. The historical Claudius really was kept in the...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    12-22-2017, 03:22 PM
    Yes, I suppose, although I still think Graves sees himself as being the (faux) Pollio--even though he isn't. But as I said, he sticks to the straight...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    12-22-2017, 11:59 AM
    As I stared, I became disoriented and slightly giddy because there in the clearing stood two superheros that appeared to be dancing. Then the...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    12-21-2017, 07:08 PM
    Well, we agree on that. Gladys, Myshkin is a fictional character created by a 19th century author. Dostoyevsky could not possibly have made...
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    http://www.online-literature.com/for...=1#post1274633

    See this post? Please stop doing things like this. Not only does it make no sense but it has NOTHING to do with the topic. Save the rhyming sing-song crap for the poetry forums.
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    There are occasional blogs in addition to those that are kept up regularly. I have been blogging regularly for the past year. There's a link to it under my name on every forum post I make. It is work to keep up, but I had been doing it occasionally for years before.
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