February 28, 2008

Janis Joplin Comments on Literacy and Freedom of Speech

Freedom's just another word for something more to read.

If Janis Joplin was a book reader, no doubt, she would be a literacy advocate, and allow everything from JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye to the Bible in public schools.

Free books for all. Where's Andrew Carnegie when you need him?

Cyrano de Bergerac: Le Nez (The Famous Nose Scene)

Cyrano de Bergerac is a brilliant, tragic tale, a fictionalized account of a real man. Exaggerated, poeticized, and well-edited hyperbolic bio-play, is great literature.

Below is my favorite scene, with Gérard Depardieu as Cyrano, in which Cyrano is insulted by the other's weak acknowledgement of his nose's size and greater attributes. Angry, Cyrano taunts him with self-deprecatory remarks about his nose, in rhyme (often rhyming alexandrines).

Cyrano de Bergerac - Le nez
Acte 1, scène 4 du film Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

February 24, 2008

Magnifies Words and Romance: review Classic Large 4" Magnifying Glass - 5-X Magnification - Black Frame

Magnifies Words and Romance
review:
Classic Large 4" Magnifying Glass - 5-X Magnification - Black Frame

Not all magnifying glasses suit all purposes, but for mine, this 4" magnifier increased for me the sight of words, and of love.

Two seats back, behind me, in Miss Schramm's history class sat Nancy, the queen of the fifth grade. We passed notes that said to each other things meant for smiling, which we did. Pencils dropped conspicuously allowed us to lean and hand the note.

She liked me. That I knew. But would she, could she go with me after school to the Candied Apple confectionery store? I asked, and she returned a reply that took most of the 45 minute class to write. With all the rhymes and prose her 11 year-old mind knew, Nancy delivered in the smallest of print sweet exuberance. As her words were too tiny to read with my poor eyes, I realized in my backpack was the tool required. I used this device to examine the colors in butterfly wings in science class, fourth period.

If not for the assistance of my classic 4" Magnifying Glass, I may have gone to the Candied Apple alone. May all of your days look larger with this magnifier, and your candy store companions be as lovely.

--Brockeim