Must Be Dreaming
Excerpt from an article at nypost.com by Caitlin Hornik, originally published in The Sun, edited by yours truly: Sexsomnia sleep disorder can result in a variety of behaviors. People with the condition have been known to masturbate, make sexual vocalizations, touch a partner, and even experience spontaneous orgasm — all while sleeping. Some even initiate intercourse with a partner. In a study conducted in 2017, only 17 cases were reported out of 16,000 patients. It also found that 47% had a history of sleep walking and/or night terrors. Most people suffering from it won’t remember anything they did or said during the night upon waking up.
Can’t believe it. RIP Islanders’ legend Mike Bossy, 65, who succumbed to lung cancer. Born in Montreal, he played his entire ten-year career for the Isles, key member of four Stanley Cups teams, scoring 573 goals, 50 in nine straight seasons, an all-time record. He scored 50 in 50 games during the 1980–81 season, matching Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s record. The Hall of Famer was an eight time All-Star and was awarded three Lady Byng trophies (sportsmanship), the 1981–82 Conn Smythe Trophy (MVP) and the 1977–78 Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year). After retiring, Bossy worked as a radio comic on a French-language station, as a vice president for Titan, as a PR person and a broadcaster for the Quebec Nordiques, MSG Networks and most recently, TVA. One of ten brothers and sisters, he is a dad of two. Awesome, Sir. Thanks for the thrills.
Last night’s movie fix courtesy of Netflix by mail is geared more to students of film than the general public. The Mirror (1975), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, reminded me of Terrence Malick’s more bizarre works, although not nearly as far out there as, say, The Tree of Life (2011). Since he’d directed Solaris (1972), one of the most celebrated works of sci-fi ever, I thought I’d give another of his efforts a shot. The visuals are impressive, switching from color to black and white and including archival footage from WWII, of which the main male character is a veteran. The non-linear story line is hard to follow. Here’s an excerpt from an article at chaitanyawrights.wordpress.com/ by someone much smarter than me: “… an extremely personal film about memories, thoughts, and surrealism. It does not have a prefix beginning — conflict — end structure. It flows like thoughts, if we observe the mechanism of our thoughts, they seem irrational, unstable, and surreal at times. The Mirror is a personal trivia of an individual’s opinion about his mother, his own self, and his kid…” According to Chaitanya, the mother and wife become interchangeable in the protagonist’s mind, hence mirror images. The voice-over includes poetry written by Tarkovsky’s father. Tarkovsky defected to Europe, where he completed his later works. There are only twelve titles under his name at IMDb, the last, partially destroyed, has been “announced.” His works were honored at Cannes. He died of lung cancer at 54 in 1986.
Another gem from the Goombah:
It was one of those sessions of the floating book shop where the incoming far outweighed the outgoing. My thanks to the kind folks who bought, swapped and donated books. Two of the donors insisted on paying for the books they selected, otherwise sales would have been even more dismal. Here’s what sold: two hardcovers in Russian, and Plato’s Republic — way too much work for such paltry return. If only I had a crystal ball to tell me what to display. Unfortunately, the odds seem greater if there’s as much showing as possible.
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