What does "exceptional" mean? When can something be defined as "exceptional"? When it corresponds adequately to the heart's original exceptions, however confused and hazy one's awareness of it may be. Exceptional is, paradoxically, when what is most "natural" for us appears. And what is "natural" for us? That what we desire should come true. For nothing is more natural than the satisfaction of the ultimate and profound desire of our heart, nothing is more natural than the answer to the needs that lie at the root of our being, those needs for which we actually live and move. Our heart has an ultimate, imperious, deep-set need for fulfillment, for truth, beauty, goodness, love, final certitude, and happiness. So to come across an answer to these needs should be the most obvious and normal thing. Yet, on the contrary, this correspondence which should be supremely normal, becomes supremely exceptional for us. To come face to face with something absolutely and profoundly natural, that is to say, something that corresponds to the needs of the heart that nature gives us, is therefore something absolutely exceptional. There is, as it were, a strange condition: what normally happens is never truly exceptional, because it does not respond adequately to the needs of our heart.
Generating Traces in the History of the World
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Posted by Alex Vitus at 9:58 AM
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Because everyone, everyone, waits to be called sometime by their name, by
their own name which no one knows; not themselves, nor their earthly mother.
All wait to sometime be called by that father, whose hand and whose face we
have felt over our head in the form of prohibition in the early days, a shadow
over our pure forehead in the disturbing garden of childhood. And from whose
voice we thought we heard the distant echo, at our back, when in adolescence we
wanted to leave running past the limits of the closed garden. And whose glance,
among the clouds, has come diffused on our cheeks causing to rise in them the
fire of fear and of desire. We have felt it as an infinite aureole upon the
forehead and beyond the figure of our earthly father. And its voice has
reinforced one's own causing it to resonate towards the infinite. We all have
felt its unlimited presence upon our small, insignificant one. And we have felt
its presence giving meaning, power, to nature, "above the visible heavens"; to
the clouds as its vehicle, to the wind as "its winged steed"
Posted by Alex Vitus at 5:28 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here's something worth blogging: today I got an "update" through Facebook about a movie (because I am a fan of The Visitor):
Greetings to all of you who loved 'The Visitor'.
A year ago (almost to the day) I set up this FB page to try and help Tom McCarthys' wonderful film get as wide an audience as possible because I liked and believed in it so much. These days, small movies need all the help they can get, especially ones that lack big-name stars and large marketing budgets. Thankfully, and due in so small part to of all of you, the film got a lot of recognition garnering critical acclaim and many awards and nominations.
Today I'm writing to let you know about a film I saw last night that I think is just as powerful and touches on some of the same themes as 'The Visitor'. It is called 'American Violet' and it is terrific. Like 'The Visitor', it is small and opening in only a few cities with a very modest marketing campaign and is very reliant on good reviews and word of mouth to get attention. It opens this weekend (April 17th) and we can really make a difference in it's fate!
It also has at it's center a powerful performance by an actor of considerable talent. I think we are sure to hear more in the future about Ms. Nicole Beharie who plays the lead in this true and horrifying story about a terrible miscarriage of justice in Texas. It also has a remarkable supporting cast with the likes of Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael O' Keefe and Will Patton.
I hope you see it and agree that it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. If so, please encourage your friends and spread the word! Here is more information:
To find a theater near you:
Thanks for listening. All the best to all of you!
Here is an NPR story about this movie.
Also, if you haven't watched The Visitor, please do.
Posted by Alex Vitus at 10:54 PM