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Monthly Archives: September 2009
Amazed to discover that two of my favourite things (Werner Herzog films and rock climbing) combine into one during a random visit to the video store. Scream of Stone was made in 1991. Werner Herzog took a film crew to Cerro Torre in Patagonia and made a movie about one sport-climber’s mission to make the first ascent. The movie itself is a long shot from Fitzcarraldo and even Herzog now distances himself from it. Seeing footage of the climber Stefan Glowacz solo climbing Kachoong at Mt. Arapiles is definitely the highlight; it’s the same famous ascent pictured in this photo which you’ll find in climbing gyms everywhere.
I started this weekend the same way I usually do, sitting around, drinking coffee and talking about life, only this time my friend pain came along as well. Before we knew it, what started as a minor disagreement had turned into a major argument which lasted the whole weekend. By the time Sunday night rolled around, he’d hit me in the lower right abdomen so hard that I was writhing around in agony, swearing my head off and unable to walk. ‘Round about this time, my other friend sense popped over to give some advice. “Get yourself to a hospital man, and don’t forget to take a good book because there’s going to be a lot of waiting around.”
So that’s exactly what we did.
About 15 shots of morphine and 3 hours later, my other friend appendix said his goodbyes for good, and took pain away with him. Often, all you want is a nice piece of ass, to listen to some good tunes and maybe a cold beer to wash it all down, but sometimes your friends have other plans for you…
The University of Texas is hosting a heap of interviews from the late 50’s TV show The Mike Wallace Interview. Philip Morris sponsored the show, which featured a chain-smoking host who interviewed prominent figures from the 1950’s (mainly American) cultural landscape. The archive includes interviews with Hollywood movie stars, military defectors, artists, KKK grand masters and prominent thinkers of the time.
My particular favourites include Aldous Huxley, Erich Fromm, Salvador Dali and oil tycoon Glen McCarthy. Just as interesting as the interviews themselves is the attitude shown towards the audience as consumers of thinly veiled advertorial content. This includes numerous asides, by the interviewer, regarding the subtleties and complexities of taste vs. smoothness in a cigarette. All opinions presented, are of course, the host’s own.
Check ’em out here.