On Why There Is A Crane On The Cover Of Fortunate Fall. (from our designer, Benjamin Lee)"My original intent came from a small book called "Symbols of Christian Faith", and cranes were an important part of early church iconography. Given your deep thematic roots for "fortunate fall", it was all too perfect. The crane represents renewal, rejuvenation, and resurrection because its migratory flight pattern announces the coming of Spring (and subsequently Easter). …”
My heart was percussed.
Next, my head, which was provided.
By familiar, traditional, 4:4.
And it was…
Until THE SHIFT.
I’d barely grasped when it throttled.
That drum beckoned. Beat. Blessed. Blessed!
Blessed ME with new rhythm.
And what could it will but a waltz?
"Trase, trase!" was my pulse’s senseless, gentle answer. It listened, my heart.
Briefly, it quickened, queerly timid,
Until competition ceased…
Like warmth to leaven, this foreign time awoke a very real yearning in me.
And I rose.
"Reflecting upon the relics of St. Peter, whose very name means ‘Rock’, and their location below the Main Altar of St. Peter’s Basilica on the Vatican Hill, one can not help but meditate on Peter’s confession in the Gospel of Matthew , and Our Lord’s words to him in Matthew 16:18:
‘And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.’”
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The score that plays on the soundtrack when Steve Zissou gives the tour of his boat is actually a theme from The Royal Tenenbaums being played in reverse.
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"I answer that, If we speak of the happiness of this life, the happy man needs friends, as the Philosopher says (Ethic. ix, 9), not, indeed, to make use of them, since he suffices himself; nor to delight in them, since he possesses perfect delight in the operation of virtue; but for the purpose of a good operation, viz. that he may do good to them; that he may delight in seeing them do good; and again that he may be helped by them in his good work. For in order that man may do well, whether in the works of the active life, or in those of the contemplative life, he needs the fellowship of friends.
But if we speak of perfect Happiness which will be in our heavenly Fatherland, the fellowship of friends is not essential to Happiness; since man has the entire fulness of his perfection in God. But the fellowship of friends conduces to the well-being of Happiness. Hence Augustine says (Gen. ad lit. viii, 25) that "the spiritual creatures receive no other interior aid to happiness than the eternity, truth, and charity of the Creator. But if they can be said to be helped from without, perhaps it is only by this that they see one another and rejoice in God, at their fellowship."’