Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Little Women and this Little Woman

I love this book ! It has to be one of the first books i ever read - and i will never forget Jo .

LM Alcott, was a GENIUS writer . There is no other word for her - though this book has afforded her literary historical significance, my friend , Isha and I helped by our batty school librarian developed a lifelong fondness for all her books. For those of you , who actually enjoy beautifully written english novels like Little Women and The Anne of Green Gables series , I am BEGGING YOU to read An Old Fashioned Girl , if only for my sake. If you like it , then come back and ill let you in on such treats that your head will be swimming in such simple heartfelt stories which despite their critiqued "inherent morality" leave you so satitated you won't need another book for a couple of days.

But , I digress . Just caught the 1949 movie version of the book on TCM - several changes , but brilliantly done movie. I cried for Beth as i always do , and I came back and googled Laurie ( very good looking man !) , and it brought back memories and through the dialogues, i was placing them under chapter titles.

Disappointing in cutting out the famous kiss between Jo and Professor - that little kiss under the unmbrella (iconographic FYI ) , meant the world to me . Even Laurie , is a little underplayed in the movie - for his role is mercilessly cut out. Amy is nasty - which was'nt quite all that true , but Taylor has done a fine job of whatever she was given.

Little Women - aah , you smell of Loreto corridors, and shine like our pleated blue skirts . You take me back to those days , when balls and slippers disassociated from being merely a cinderella fancy but graduated into friendship , love and scorched dresses. I mourn for you now , as you lie unopened in some corner of this world, where children will read useless science fiction and not long for Jo to fall in love with Laurie, or yearn for a "bashful neighbour". You have coloured my life in myriad ways - for men to tie their fingers to the ends of my apron strings, to try and be good , to love and to always yearn to be a better you and finally coming home. Thank you . I promise you - if I ever have daughters , or even if I have sons , you will be one of the first books i would want them to read - in my childhood world of Robinson Crusoe and Tom Sawyer - you showed me how much of a woman I could be , Jo , but did'nt really need to be right away. You are beautiful...

"Jo March: He's dull as powder, Meg. Can't you at least marry someone amusing? "

"Jo March: Well, of course Aunt March prefers Amy over me. Why shouldn't she? I'm ugly and awkward and I always say the wrong things. I fly around throwing away perfectly good marriage proposals. I love our home, but I'm just so fitful and I can't stand being here! I'm sorry, I'm sorry Marmee. There's just something really wrong with me. I want to change, but I - I can't. And I just know I'll never fit in anywhere. "

"Jo: If only I could be like father and crave violence and go to war and stand up to the lions of injustice. "

The best of us have a spice of perversity in us, especially when we are young and in love."

Laurie: I've loved you ever since I've known you, Jo, couldn't help it, you've been so good to me. I've tried to show it, but you wouldn't let me; no I'm going to make you hear, and give me an answer, for I can't go on so any longer."

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Young, The Beautiful & The Dead

 So , i just picked up the morning paper , and to my horror of horrors found a tiny little excerpt talking of Jonathan Rhys Meyers attempt at ODing himself to death.

Jonathan , probably , it was after seeing him , that the word "aquiline" (for that oh-so -pretty nose) was even invented , is trying to kill himself. I am so in love with him , that not only did i ditch Tom Cruise for swooning for him MI3 but I have that Hugo Boss advertisement that he did , and watch with the zealous enthusiasm of a world cup cricket match. YOU , CANNOT DIE !! YOU CANNOT DO THIS TO ME !

WHY ? WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME ? Why do people who define masculine beauty for me are hell bent on leaving this world ? Am i not entitled to even dream of ever meeting them ? This gorgeous, gorgeous man , why does he want to take his life ? Who is fucking up his life ? And why wont God do anything ? I am still trying to recuperate from Heath Ledger's death and look at this beautiful motherfucker trying to kill himself.

I know celebrity life comes with its own pressures and there are innumerable reasons which can completely justify wanting to kill yourself - but Jonathan , my lovely epitome of beauty hold on - we need beautiful people like you , to live atleast for the next 20 years - if not more. You cannot take yourself away from worshippers like me. Infact, when i first read Plato's discourse on Love , i thought of you , as the epitome of that ABSOLUTE BEAUTY which , in me , your lover would revive the aspirations to reunite with the divine.

Our Father in Heaven - I am begging you to kill off someone ugly in the industry - why not those three ugly dwarf brothers who keep pulling off cheap stunts ? Or maybe someone i really hate like Ben Stiller , if you must have blood - but please , whatever is bothering this gorgeous man's ass , very sincerely , i am praying , please rid him of his worries, and give him a huge huge break - You will do so many of us a huge favour.

This reverie has got me thinking - and here is a list of ten gorgeous men who died way before they should have :

 1.) James Dean (24) : so he didn't commit suicide , but died tragically in a car accident. This gorgeous man , though dead , managed to leave an indelible impression on Hollywood. It is unbelievable , that though so young , and only three films old , he is regarded one of the best actors ever to hit the silver screen. Also , James Franco and James Dean bear an uncanny resemblance not only in looks but also , whenever Franco decides to strike the melancholic pose that Dean perfected. Rebel without a cause is one of my favourite movies, and it is what it is because of Dean. It is unbelievable how good a coming of age can actually be if you get yourself a James Dean.

His death , has been mourned by one and all and considered one of the greatest tragedies in the celebrity world.

Don McLean's MISS AMERICAN PIE - has a heart rending reference to his death :
"When the jester sang for the king and queen, In a coat he borrowed from James Dean .And a voice that came from you and me "

2.) Heath Ledger (28) : OD'ed . Probably one of the most brilliant actors of his generation, his death came as a sudden shock to everybody. I love Heath Ledger !!! Not only was he a brilliant actor but his personality is so charming that you cannot but love him. Unconventional , but one of the most good looking men , I have ever seen.

His sword buckling tricks in Casanova , or be it his bod boy turned soft potrayal in Ten things I hate about You - his versatility is amazing. This dude was super super cute even when he was gay. His portrayal of THE JOKER is better even than Jack Nicholson's (and i am the hugest fan of Nicholson - in fact, even though he is well into his seventies , i still don't mind being his groupie !) and i have never seen a hotter knight - but why did he have to die ?

I still haven't gotten over his death. He is one helluva brilliant man to have died so young.
I will hate Michelle Williams till the day i die for having procreated with him - I know i will.

3.) Kurt Cobain (27) : Drug abuse . I don't even have the heart to say anything about his death. He made smoking look cool - unfortunately , he died too . According to me , he was much better looking a man than a musician , but even his music is pretty darn good. If only he'd have stayed clean!!

4.) Jim Morrison (27) : Drug abuse yet again - what a waste !! The Doors is one of my favourite band , and boy Morrison looked the part. In fact , when i think of Jesus , i think of Morrison , such a beautiful man to have died so young -

"Hello, I love you , won't you tell me your name ?"
I am sure, wherever he is , he is making the queen of the angel's smile - hell, she is one stinking bitch if she is not smiling when he is in front of her. Also, one of the very few white men who can pull of an untrimmed shaggy beard with complete elan.

5.) Che Guevara (39) : If there should be a revolutionary he should look like Che. One of my friends, once commented with great disdain , about "Che Bikinis " - i don't know how exactly I'm poised regarding his policies and ideologies , but with that Cuban cigar he is one really really good looking man.

Its a shame though , when people who don't even know that he was Cuban wear his Tshirts - that's honestly a real waste. Not exactly as young as the others, i still say he deserved to live much longer !

6.) Sid Vicious (21) OD'ed like all them good looking buggers. One of my favourite bands of all time - I think, Vicious was awesome ! So young , and so tragically dead. Definitely very very good looking boy , who certainly deserved to live a lot more .

Imagine , we would actually have had more than 13 SEX PISTOLS songs then - not to say he was the creative genius behind the band , but hell, he certainly was the star !

7.) Jeff Buckley (30) : Hallelujah is all i remember of his songs , but such an extremely good looking man ! He drowned in the river ! I cannot believe it - its always the same , the good looking Jack goes down with the Titanic, while Rose and her evil ex-fiance live long to regale tales of his looks.

Gorgeous is the word for him - reminds me of fragility , angelic beauty even . Its a real shame.

8.) Bob Marley (36) : A ROCK STAR if there ever was one - and probably one of the most innovative and chilled out musicians I have ever heard. His songs , always make me happy, just as the weed which he publicised to the entire world.

All the women cry, Marley, because of your untimely death - I never though dreadlocks could be this sexy !!

He died of sickness, so i guess that's some consolation that he didn't quite take his life but a real visionary musician to meet death at a young age.

9.) Jimi Hendrix (27) : This is one amazingly sexy man - who again OD'ed - it is sad the amount of deaths caused because of drug abuse or overdose.

His music , his immense talent and god his guitar - they all put him as the sexiest musician ever !

Hendrix , deserved longer to get people "Experienced" his way !

   10.) River Phoenix (23) : drug abuse again .One extremely good looking man and not without promise - i hav'nt seen a lot of his work , but a couple of movies that i have seen showed a lot of promise. It is sad that he died - he was talented and oh my lord ever so good looking !


**Elvis Presley (40) : I JUST COULDN'T RESIST PUTTING HIM IN !! He taught the world to Rock N Roll - and if he ever looked at me and begged for mercy , he would have gotten a whole life's worth !!

Sexy man - you lived longer than a lot of the others, but i still think , you could have lived more, for "I've been so lonely baby, i could die !" without you .

Though by the time he died, he was no longer his original good looking self , i still wished he hadn't gotten sick in the first place and schmoozed the world with his music longer.

This another very very long post , but i think, in my little way, Jonathan Rhys Meyers - i am trying to tell you , that you are very talented and please please dont kill yourself, you extremely good looking British man !!