beautiful and fragile

July 16, 2019

The Irish language is not unlike candlelight – beautiful and fragile, romantic and practical, but scary to those who’ve been burnt before. Candles work the way they’ve always worked, but now that the world has changed we see them differently and have different expectations. And while old-fashioned, simple candles still exist, new kinds of candles have now also become available. What’s more, light bulbs and light fixtures have been developed to replicate the candlelight effect – never the other way around.

Darach Ó Séaghdha
Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a not-so-dead language


July 16, 2019

What’s left unsaid tells you everything you need to know.

I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy.

Network (1976)
written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet