two things i like

First is the Martin Scorsese’s movie Irishman that was released not long ago. You will need to have 3 free hours to watch the film. It has some of my favourite characters.

Next is this paragraph from Man without qualities

The train of events is a train that lays down its own tracks as it goes along.

The river of time carries its own banks along with it.

The traveler moves on a solid floor between solid walls, but the floor and the walls are strongly influenced by the movements of the travelers, though they do not notice it.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

31 thoughts on “two things i like

  1. jim- says:

    The train of events is a train that lays down its own tracks as it goes along”. Wow! That is a bit of an indictment on freewill.


  2. john zande says:

    Oooh, I like that last one.


  3. Arkenaten says:

    Started watching Irishman on Netflix last night but stopped after about 40 mins. and watched the soccer.
    I reckon I’m getting too long in the tooth for Scorcese and his ”Mob Movies” these days. Too much violence.


  4. Judyt says:

    I like the idea of the train laying down it’s own tracks. To me, that doesn’t presuppose preordination, that says, you make your own way, for good or ill. Your train, your tracks.


  5. I’m only an hour into it myself, but so far I’m really liking the movie. There are some pretty big things going on in it even in what I saw. For example, the main character was seen shooting prisoners after digging their own grave. They were Germans, no less.

    That is a huge statement in an American mob movie. In most other depictions, war service is seen as something different from criminal activity or outright frowned upon (The Godfather book and movie did this, for example). I’m interested in seeing how the theme fully plays out.


  6. Greatly enjoyed The Irishman. Terrific actors and a brilliant director all working at the top of their game.


  7. Eric Alagan says:

    Irishman – great screenplay and fantastic performance by three of my favourite artists (Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci).

    But I am no fan of the characters they portrayed; there is nothing redeeming about them.


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