pain is the staff of life

Whale in water, mind in gutter (flotation devices recommended)

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on August 1, 2008

Well, turns out VIVA ZAPATA wasn’t that great even though MARLIN was the big starFISH. The script was not brilliant and the make-up people did something weird to Marlon’s nose, dilated a nostril so wide I expected it to go into labour, while brutally flattening out the rest of it, probably to make him look more like Anthony Quinn who does claim some Mexican parentage. Thankfully, it was in black and white. While we’re on the subject of FISH, we later watched MOBY DICK, dir. John Huston 1956. Now there’s a movie. I suppose Melville’s damp navel has been picked clean but if one looks a little lower down on the body I think that’s where we would find Herman’s inspiration coming from and I am sure that I’m not the only one to conclude that the ‘WHITE WHALE’ is a euphemism for his MOBY DICK. From the dire warnings of Orson Whales from the church pulpit to the crew of the pagan-named PEQUOD, to the horrific ending with the drowned Capt. Ahab tangled in his harpoonery and tied for eternity to the heaving and bloodied leviathan, while it sounds and surfaces, still urging on his shipmates with stiffened arm to finish the job, as it were, this movie was clearly about the dangers of unbridled homoerotic sex and eternal CONDOMNATION. It certainly was outrageous for 1956. The message: get yourselves married lads. The lone survivor Ishmael clinging to the tattooed Queequeg’s made to order coffin, the only thing left floating in the sea, is then rescued by the RACHEL, a whaler named after a faithful biblical wife, well, what can I say? As children we asked naively ‘did Moby Dick die?’ Hello!

Naan Guttersnipe


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  1. campbie said, on August 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    As a Pisces, I must remind you of Spencer “Dick” Tracy in Old Man & The Sea. My Johnny’s gone on the down Low. Yoiu got me beat stream of conch wise today. What about Kirk Douglas as uke playing semen in 20,000, leagues. Wow I am wordless

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