In Time, My Brother, In Time
Xala is the Wolof word for a form of impotence caused by a magic spell. I suffered a something like Xala last year because of a certain pretty filmmaker/artist who cast a spell on everyone at Sundance. I will not get into the nature of this spell. But I will point the readers of this blog to the present issue of the leading American film journal, Film Comment, whose editor, Gavin Smith, picked Police Beat to be in his top 10 films of 2005. That pretty lady who stole my thunder failed to make any of the critical lists in the preeminent journal of American film criticism. I will not bring this up again, Annie. Time was on my side.
Those who are interested in reading my series of short essays on the big trees of Seattle can go here.