Gods… American ones

I keep wondering what would be useful to post now that I publish my posts in the context of my classes. Trying to set some kind of freakish example I guess.

One of the things that inspire me is to follow the work of artists over a long period of time. How does the work change, how do the same ideas evolve and go to other places in the imagination? This post is an example of that.

I started being aware of Neil Gaiman with his series of Graphic Novels “Sandman”; there was something different about it. It somehow reached me. I followed his work and finally read “American Gods”, I thought it was inventive writing and storytelling.

The story is wrapped around the idea of immigration. As the various cultures that formed America emigrated from their homelands so did their Gods. They are many, one and more for each culture. Now these Gods, when they get to America and realize that their people are now more interested in money, property and technology end up getting a little bored. So they begin to wrestle between each other to try and get more followers.

WARNING… obtuse language and, at times, a bit riské

This is Anansi, an African trickster, the figure is also found in some indigenous cultures here.

The story is about a developing war between the old Gods (tradition, history, place) and the new gods (money, technology, ownership).

The video adaptation is quite interesting with amazingly arresting imagery and a twisted enough plot to keep the viewer wondering what is coming next (even if you read the book).

The truth is Out THERE!!!!

A film, such a special and affective film; Andrei Tarkovsy’s “Solaris”. Psychiatrist Dr. Kelvin is sent on a mission to a space station where things are not quite going right.

When he gets there he keeps coming home to his space and seeing his wife waiting for him. His wife committed suicide years ago. This keeps happening and he keeps having to kill her to stop the visions. This goes on for a good three hours as we see these beautiful images of the planet giving us all we need to know that the planet is an entity itself, rather than counting entities.

Stanislaw Lem who wrote the book, hated the film. He preferred Stephen Soderberg’s to Tarkovsky’s version… Cluney played Kelvin in Soderberg’s and I am absolutely convinced there is a connection between Cluney’s “Midnight Sky” and Tarkovsky’s “Solaris”.


Happy new 360 day period… really? does it really and truly change?