Monday, December 29, 2008

Intellectual Properties

Masterpieces of the Imagination, brought to you by the Benefits of Liberty and the Property Rights of the Mind.

Aaand...I'm back! Sorry for my slackerly ways; I've been christmasin' around, and now I'm in NJ with my wife. Anyway, here are this week's viewing / listening / reading recommendations.

For viewing: Brick
Directed by Rian Johnson, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this award-winning 2005 film is a hard-boiled, noir, crime drama in the best tradition of The Maltese Falcon. After the mysterious disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, a teenage loner doggedly descends into a world of high school crime. Though battered by forces beyond his comprehension and control, he pursues the truth relentlessly. Incredible cinematography; eery, inventive soundtrack; ends with a thrilling twist.

For listening: In Loving Memory by Alter Bridge
This song is a heartfelt, lilting Rock anthem about a lost loved one. One of the more moving expressions of these sentiments I've ever heard. Alter Bridge, comprised of several former members of the band "Creed," was formed in 2004 after the break-up of Creed (due to conflicts caused by lead singer Scott Stapp). Alter Bridge's singer is Myles Kennedy. Kennedy has a powerful voice and an easy break into his falsetto (and is considerably less annoying than Stapp).

For reading: the poetry of Richard Wilbur
Wilbur (b. 1921) is former Poet Laureate of the United States and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He has been compared to both Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens, in that his poetry is usually accessible and seeks positive truth in everyday experiences. Any of his anthologies will do, but check out these charming, thoughtful poems: The Writer and Matthew VIII, 28 ff, and Epistemology.

1 comment:

  1. Richard Wilbur is a great poet. I have read Epistemology, but not the other two poems. I encourage you to take a look at The Beautiful Changes ( and A Simile for Her Smile (, which are two more great poems by Wilbur. Richard Wilbur studied in Rome around the corner from where I studied.