Monday, September 12, 2005

Disturbed Sleep (Remembering 9/11)

I am running down the stairs
tripping over others
falling head over heels

The tower above me is collapsing
The ground beneath me shakes

Hundreds of voices
Bounce off the crumbling walls
Yet strangely enough,
They all sound the same
to me

"I don't want to die
not today
not this way"

Somebody speaks next to me
But I can't make out the words
It's probably just as well, since
my mind is too numb to make sense of
what's happening around me

Will this nightmare ever end?
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Tears in my eyes
I wake from disturbed sleep

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Let us not forget the tragedy that struck four years ago, and may the souls of 9/11 rest in peace.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Intertextuality

Word of the day is 'Intertexuality'.

It's fascinating really, the ways in which one particular text reminds you of another text, how one picture can make you think of one other word, and how one phrase or word that someone else said can stick in your mind. And as you mull over the connectiveness and textual pointers over and over again, you wonder why it all seems like deja vu.

I'm seem to have made something relatively simple sound difficult. >.<

Here's what sparked the moment: I was watching Tim Burton's remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yesterday and ended up being blown away by the tons of intertextualityness (yes, I'm making up some words as I go along) within the film. From the soundtrack of Space Odyssey 2000, to Hitchcock's Psycho, and of course the original Charlie film, Charlie 2005 is a film so full of 'ah-ha' moments it will make any media nerd aficionado squeal with delight.

That of course, includes yours truly.

(I will admit though, that there is something incredibly endearing about Johnny Depp's depiction of Willy Wonka that makes one's heart go doki-doki. And the big bad wolf said, "... good enough to eat!" =p)

But that's what makes going to see remakes so interesting. You wonder how much of the original is kept, and what's new and different. We can't help but see the world through our individual eyes, be they rose-tinted or otherwise, and it's only fair to say that no two persons will ever read the same text in the exact fashion.

I am of course, trying to justify why I spent 4 hours working on this site and not on my essay due tomorrow. But now that all is said and done, it's time to get back to my studies.