Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Why me?--- the great complaint of the constipated. Why doesn't the world work for me? The lonely sitting man in the porcelain machine. What did i do wrong yesterday? How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me? Unlock me! Exhausted Houdini! Lost ordinary magic! The squatting man bargains with god, submitting list after list of New Year's Resolutions. I will eat only lettuce. Give me diarrhea if I've got to have something. Let me help the flowers and dung beetles. Let me into the world club. I am not enjoying sunsets, then for whom do they burn? I'll miss my train. My portion of the world's work will not be done, I warn you. If sphincter must be coin let it be Chinese coin. Why me? I'll use science against you. I'll drop in pills like depth charges. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, don't make it tighter. Nothing helps, is that what you want me to learn? The straining man perched on a circle prepares to abandon all systems. Take hope, take cathedrals, take the radio, take my research. These are hard to give up, but a load of shit is harder still. How can I exist as a vessel of yesterday's slaughter? Is meat punishing me? Are there wild herds who think poorly of me? We are grooming beings to eat! Does God love the world? What a monstrous system of nourishment! Humans, the dietary nazis! Who will apologize to the cows? It's not our fault, we didn't think this whole thing up. Tomorrow I will begin my fast. I resign. But I can't resign with a full stomach. I would stink at an autopsy. Nobody wants to eat me i'm sure. I am the sealed, dead, impervious museum of my appetite. This is the brutal solitude of constipation, this is the way the world is lost.

excerpt from:
Beautiful Losers
by Leonard Cohen

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Q2P or Bombay Belly-2

In case any of you are in Bombay tomorrow...

(Documentary, 55 minutes, DV, English, Hindi)


Producer: PUKAR

FRIDAY 18 AUGUST 2006 at 6.30 p.m.

Little Theatre
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021

About the Film:

Q2P peers through the dream of a futuristic Bombay and and finds...
public toilets... not enough of them....

Q2P is a film about toilets and the city. It sifts through the dream of
Mumbai as a future Shanghai and searches for public toilets, watching
who has to queue to pee. As the film observes who has access to toilets
and who doesn’t, we begin to also see the imagination of gender that
underlies the city’s shape, the constantly shifting boundaries between
public and private space; we learn of small acts of survival that people
in the city’s bottom half cobble together and quixotic ideas of social
change that thrive with mixed results; we hear the silence that
surrounds toilets and sense how similar it is to the silence that
surrounds inequality. The toilet becomes a riddle with many answers and
some of those answers are questions – about gender, about class, about
caste and most of all about space, urban development and the twisted
myth of the global metropolis.

About the Director:

PAROMITA VOHRA is a filmmaker and writer. Her films as director include
Where’s Sandra, Work In Progress, Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City,
Unlimited Girls, A Short Film About Time, A Woman’s Place and Annapurna:
Goddess of Food. Her films as writer include the feature Khamosh Pani,
and the documentaries A Few Things I Know About Her, and If You Pause:
In A Museum of Craft and Skin Deep. She teaches scriptwriting as
visiting faculty at the Sophia Polytechnic and is a PUKAR Associate.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

And now for something completely different (not!)...

check this out:

Friday, August 04, 2006

Excellent transport idea

This should solve offog's problems nicely.