Theater group puts on original play – The Weston Town Crier

March 1 & 2. $5. Some time.

This is pretty exciting. A high-school play composed in response to an article involving my darling MIRROR NEURONS. The play is called “The Outlier Effect” and seems to involve imitative behavior and an imposed form of autism. What I find interesting is that the subject they’ve chosen to work with also seems to center (from what I’ve read so far) around the expulsion of the one who is no longer part of the crowd (an obvious connection between MIRROR NEURONS and the work of RENE GIRARD). The question of resistance to authority pops up but how political they want to be and how well done has yet to be seen.

Being that the play is being held in Weston, MA I see no reason not to go and with as many Girardians as I can. There might be something there worth capitalizing on. If so I want to be front and center.

I learned not that long ago that “The Fountain” will be coming out on DVD on March 6. For anyone who’s seen it, this is big news.

How do you create (because I’m pretty sure “emerge” isn’t the right word) a positive and harmonious living arrangement these days? I’m talking about my own apartment. I have one flatmate moving out (Ben), and a cousin who might be moving in (Ryan). Another flatmate (Aaron) who has a lot going on right now, making the future quite unpredictable.

I’m not really going to go into details, but the over all question is how can one organize the compromises that must happen in order to make for a happy cohabitation among friends? And how does one do this without losing the friends or one’s own sanity? I’ll be struggling with this one.

Italo Calvino is the man! He’s right up there along side Danielewski and Borges for me. He’s awesome and the stories that he writes are what I wish I could write if I were to take that ambition seriously. I just finished his “If on a winter’s night a traveler“, and bloody hell did it rock. As extroverted (and introverted I suppose) as “House of Leaves” and as much a love story as “Only Revolutions“. Essentially a book about reading (or at least the attempt to do so) and all the different situations in which reading and interpreting come in to play. It’s awesome. Awesome awesome. Definitely recommended to anyone with off the beaten path tendencies.

I can’t deny it. Money is an issue right now. I’m paying for a car, education, and life in general. Basic storyline… I’m very contientious about my finances right now.

So here’s what the issue is: I was in a wedding party early on in the summer. I forget when exactly, when I was even more poor than I am now. Doing so required that I rent a tux, an expense of $120 I think. Fortunately for me (because I don’t have the money) my housemate Aaron picks up the tab. He can be good like that (for reference, we probably both owe each other money but haven’t been overly concerned about keeping tabs). So I owe Aaron $120. Unfortunately for me, Aaron owes his brother more. So as the debt market seems to be an active one, my debt is sold to Aaron’s brother. This is bad.

I’ve slowly gotten this tab down to $30. But that little brother has been a terrible nag about it. Every other day it seems, “got my thirty bucks?” And it’s always no. Until I have a more stable financial situation, I’m the furthest thing from worried about a $30 tab to my housemate’s little brother. And besides, “having” $30 to give him is quite different than having a bank balance of $30. Money had does not mean money available. But now he’s threatening to charge interest.

But here’s where I sort of surprised myself with a cohesive argument against his ongoing threat of interest.  Flat out I told him tonight that if he attempts to raise the tab by charging interest I will deny owing him a cent. I explained that he had absolutely no right to charge any interest. Owing an individual (or any group for that matter) an amount of money does not automatically entitle one to exact fees and/or interest when that money does not get repaid on that person/group’s timetable. Unless before the money was loaned there was an explicit agreement of time to repay and interest/fee schedule, no right can be claimed for that purpose. No right exists. And to that end, I will hold my ground… owing Aaron’s little brother $30 and knowing that I have to repay him. But without rise in balance for any reason (not even inflation) or any timetable whatsoever.

Interesting position.

ps. In case he’s reading it, the only cards left are Friendship, Future Lending, and Dishes… with the last card in my favor.

Edit Sept 15, 2009. I see the shallowness of my behavior, despite being wrapped up in ideas worth pursuing.

Shame on me for not even knowing this was out.

The Fountain is Darren Aronofsky’s first work since Pi and Requiem for a Dream. It’s amazing! Beautifully shot, with a minimum of computer graphics, this movie portrayed a new vision of the human quest for immortality spanning thousands of years. Hugh Jackman plays the valiant seeker in the form of conquestidor, doctor, and astronaut. Central concepts include the meaning of immortality, bodily or spiritual immortality, rebirth, and control.

Just watch it. It’s amazing!

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