Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Classic Film Fanatic Shall Live on

Many of my friends have expressed concern as to how I, a confirmed classic film addict, will survive in a foreign country without Turner Classic Movies or my VHS collection of nearly 700 old movies. Rest assured, dear friends. I have the situation under control.

I already owned several of my favorites on DVD, but tonight I wisely ordered the two absolute essentials, which I had suddenly realized I was lacking on DVD: You Can't Take It with You and My Best Girl. Having ordered these two essentials, I can now tackle anything.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"