Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Couch and Misconceptions
I appreciated one major theme from "Couch"- inactivity in our culture...how we plant ourselves on the couch, usually in front of a tv, and we become apathetic, disengaged, passive. I like the urge of the book, the compulsion for movement. The premise: three slacker dudes in Portland have to move this big orange couch. They discover it has magical powers. Are they moving the couch, or is the couch moving them? It's a philosophical thing. Moving the couch becomes a spiritual journey for the slackers. They choose to believe in the unknown...to have an active faith that they must follow. Quote I liked from the book:
"The getting lost isn't really getting lost, it's letting go of direction so that it will appear before us." It reminds me of the 'wisdom is the knowledge that we know nothing.' Almost a Zen surrender.
Also digging around online, I discovered that the author of "Couch," Benjamin Parzybok, is involved in some fun, experimental 'happenings' in the Portland area. Most intriguing to me is Gumball Poetry, which is a literary magazine- sort-of- except, little snipets of poetry are doled out through gumball machines all over Portland. That's cute. And there's http://www.walkertracker.com/ which, I suppose, tracks your walking. There's also some political activism- http://www.projecthamad.org/. Anyways, find out more about "Couch," Benjamin Parzybok and all the projects he juggles at http://www.ideacog.net/.
Also sad...Michael and I have been trying to conceive for the past two months to no avail! How can we fail at making a baby?! Ugh! Planning a pregnancy is much more difficult than either of us knew. Noah was a surprise-baby...still not sure how it happened. Maybe immaculate conception? ; )