Article (1)–Catholic

In this summary, of an article I wrote for Challenge Weekly in 2005, New Zealand Marist Brother Richard Dunleavy who had been in Rome for 13 years, explained how Pope Benedict XVI would fulfil his role as Pope. “I believe he is really ‘conservationist’ in regard to the truths of the Church as updated and described at Vatican II. His bases are natural law, scripture and authentic tradition,” said Brother Richard. Pope’s Benedict’s “depth of understanding of post-modern culture means that he will always be seeking to communicate with the secular world, especially in Europe, but never at the expense of the truths as he sees them.” Pope Benedict has since moved on as Pope, making way for the current Pope, Pope Francis.

Darkest Hour (2017)

Had the opportunity to watch Darkest Hour (2017) again–a five star gem, so why not? It’s a larger than life portrayal of English responses–mostly political, but also militaristic, personal and public–to the German invasion of Europe during World War II in the month of May preceding the Dunkirk evacuation. Winston Churchill’s reply, as the Prime Minister of England, is riveting. This well-mounted film, with its finely tuned and brightly tempered aesthetics, combined with, as Churchill, Gary Oldman’s flashy, headstrong and transformative performance makes for something quite a bit more than life, which makes it palatable to watch, of what was a real depressing time in Britain. But which touches on the gravity of the moment–their ‘darkest hour’–in some sobering scenes. This one riveted me to the seat.

Regrets?

When I was scouring through older articles of mine last year, I announced I had the thought that my early stuff was better than the latter, and that I wanted to recapture a bit of the old way. Well, it’s like putting new wine in old wineskins. Somehow, it bursts.

I’ve since thought better of the older stuff. Good old.

On older interviews

The interview I’ve been typing out on my word processor is really quite an older one that I never used, because of one reason or another. I always wanted to keep it — without really knowing if it would come to anything, which was a pain — but I am glad I have kept it, as I will be posting it on my Church Mosaic series at some stage.

Not finished, yet

I wasn’t looking forward to typing out a transcript of an interview I have recorded and on tape, that’s been kept away for several years. But it turned into an easy to transcribe process. It’s just in the getting to the destination, that is the finishing of typing out the transcript, that can make me slightly impatient. I still have some work to do yet, but I’ll get there.

Flag (1988), by Yello

The soundfulness of this 1988 Yello album is something to swim into and keep immersed in. Yello might not have produced anything better than Flag (1988). It’s not just any ’88 music–with the swell of pop akin to the limbering up of aerobics, the quickly gone effervescence of a fizzy hit, and the cushiness of a watered down pop psychology–but Flag is an ambient refreshment, and funky in a aesthetically sophisticated way, a cool to revive flagging interest and disenchantment in the likes of socially conscious Tracy Chapman songs, the straining for effect pseudo-spiritual cum religion in People, and disappointing follow-ups to Bobby McFerrin’s monster triumph, and especially repetitive pop melodies, which all droned on next to Flag’s radiant light on a hill.

Is it okay for a writer to change style?

I’ve asked myself this question and answered a resounding no. A writer should have a consistent style. But, if I compare my review of 28 Days Later, written in 2003, to my review of 28 Weeks Later, written four years later, I am resigned to the fact that they have different styles. This is really disconcerting to me, as it shows a flaw. All I can think of, is that a writer may use different styles of writing for a while, then settle on one style. This style becomes natural. In the end, a writer or some, if not many, writers must go through this phase. It’s a natural part of the writing life. One must write to know how one wants to write–and sometimes if not many times this plays out in the publishing world.