Monday, January 24, 2005

BBC and ironing

Yesterday we ironed a small mountain of clothes, and we watched DVDs in the meantime, as is our habit. The films were Intermission and Les Invasions Barbares. The former was approachable only by people who live / have lived in the British Isles, with its naturalistic depiction of the very particular working class misery there (child delinquency, Colin Farrell, violence against women, housing estates, getting drunk in pubs, blah blah blah). Like most products of national cinemas in Europe, it was deeply introverted. As for the second, Quebecois offering, it was very off-the-mark, although it would make a good book -- if it is not adapted from a book already.

Anyway, in Les Invasions, the hero delivers a monologue about human history being 'a history rich in genocide', as the short-lived, underrated but so brilliant House of Love would put it. This reminded me of the following unexpectedly enlightening article from the BBC.

While you are there, look at this. And think about it: one of the arguments of the Reformation was to rid Christendom of irrational and 'pagan practices' like venerating saints and their relics. Well, it seems that human nature is stronger than some arguments. Not to say anything about the actual saint venerated here...


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