Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore

"I had an unusually large-sized head, though this was not uncommon for a baby in the Midwest. The craniums in our part of the country were designed to leave a little extra room for the brain to grow in case one day we found ourselves exposed to something we didn't understand, like a foreign language, or a salad." 

I came across Michael Moore when I watched the not-so-un-famous film Fahrenheit 9/11 (which on a side note  if you haven't seen you should). Once I saw someone see a situation presented by a government and say, I don't think that's how it really was it completely changed my perspective. I haven't simply accepted something that someone's told me since just because they are an authority. For this I am indebted to the man and I'm surely not alone.

The man himself has had one of the most interesting lives I've ever had the pleasure to read. Not in the fact that he's nearly died in death-defying acts but rather escaped America to Canada so as not to be drafted. Nearly been hijacked in a plane and disguised himself to get in a governmental summit suggesting all American businesses to move their factories to Mexico. A catholic schoolboy he just was never one for taking the common phrase "it's just how it is". It makes his life interesting and funny to read and held me to the end easily.

His prose style is extremely conversational, in fact there seems to be no difference in how Moore talks to how he writes. This makes the book piss easy to read since it's really you just chatting with him about what he's got up to these past 50 years. 

I know he's controversial, people hate him to the point of having a mini gunpowder (man-made bomb) plot against him and yet the other half truly love him. I fall on that side for sure, even if sometimes you disagree with his methods at least he is asking questions that need to be asked. Better than many many politicians. 

Whatever you feel I think anyone would find this entertaining at the very least.

In Retrospect....

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
- Anaïs Nin

      I find sometimes that it's difficult to realise those moments of true happiness I, hoping I'm not alone in this also, struggle to discover them until it's over. Hence me writing this, to help find those moments, items and people that have made me and anyone I talk to happy. So you could see this as a blog on happiness I suppose... 
 As for what is making me happy right now that would be Anaïs Nin.  A woman who did what she wanted whenever she wanted. Including being married to two men in two different cities and told so many lies she had to keep a "lie box". She is apparently one of the finest writers in erotica and mixed with the best, Henry Miller, John Steinbeck and Antonin Artaud to name a few. By the way if you've read Gore Vidal's autobiography it was all lies, he loved her and wrote a love letter that survived time even if his feelings didn't.

Even if you disagreed with her decisions in life you had to admire how she took every single opportunity open to her at the very least.