Tuesday, June 12, 2007

100 Most Endangered Sites

The sad fact that monuments of human culture are lost at accelerating pace. Natural disasters, wars, neglect, mindless land development, urbanization and plain human ignorance and stupidity forms unstoppable wiping force. World Monument Watch released 100 Most Endangered Sites list of better known iconic places and objects, but what about millions of others. I doubt if anything can be done to stop destruction process. This is just "Vox clamantis in deserto".

Friday, June 08, 2007

15 books that left lasting impression

1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

2. Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

3. The Magus by John Fowles

4. The Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova

5. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais

6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

7. Slaughterhouse-Five & Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

8. Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
9. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
10. Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru by Tahir Shah

11. Fairy Tales by H.C. Andersen

12. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

13. The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe
14. The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki
15. The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

Thursday, June 07, 2007

10 movies that left lasting impression

1. Apocalypse Now (1979). Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

2. Blade Runner (1982). Dir. Ridley Scott

3. Blow Up (1966). Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni

4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). Dir. Terry Gilliam

5. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972). Dir. Werner Herzog

6. Fitzcarraldo (1982). Dir. Werner Herzog

7. Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975). Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini

8. Diva (1981). Dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix

9. The Sheltering Sky (1990). Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

10. Easy Rider (1969). Dir. Dennis Hopper

Friday, June 01, 2007

Liberated goods

Something eternal in the eyes and actions of individuals caught in irrational behavior of crowd, when goods are freely available and waiting to be liberated.

God Is Not Great

Yesterday I stumbled on book signing event at Barnes & Noble, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. Author takes on insanity of religion and faith in this, the 21st century. Haven't heard person who doesn't afraid to say what he thinks and makes sense for long time. Christopher Hitchens writes on number subjects and topics. He is master of word, his writing has great flow and life. Very prolific author, I need to take a look to his other stuff.