Fantasies have to be unrealistic...

I was removing my eyes away from the movie The Life of David Gale, lets say a moment before;) , which made me think of some Lacanian theories of desire and fantasy.

Some movies have that quality of inspiring minds into deep subject matters such as psychoanalysis, I was wondering at the moment of seeing the Basic Instinct part II , few years ago, reminded me the same. In fact some dialogs were saying it is Lacanian itself! :D

Here I will emphasize the point adopted from the subtitle file, please go ahead.

“Come on. Think.”
Lecturer David Gail walks across the class room and arrives the front.
“I want you to reach back into those minds and tell me, tell us all...”
“What is it that you fantasize about?
World peace? I thought so.”
Class laughs loud.
“Do you fantasize about international fame?
Do you fantasize about winning a Pulitzer Prize?
Or a Nobel Peace Prize?
An MTV Music Award?
Do you fantasize about meeting some genius hunk, ostensibly bad...but secretly simmering with noble passion...and willing to sleep on the wet spot?”
A student answers gloriously.
“I'll take two! I'll take two! “
“What was that?”
“Kimberly will take two.”
“You get Lacan's point. Fantasies have to be unrealistic...because the moment... the second... that you get what you don' can't want it anymore. In order to continue to exist...desire must have its objects perpetually absent. It's not the "it" that you want. It's the fantasy of "it". So, desire supports crazy fantasies.”
An interruption by a student who is entering into the class.
David continues..
“This is what Pascal means when he says that we are only truly happy...when daydreaming about future happiness.”
One neighbor student to the last one who came late shows a letter.
“It came today.”
“Or why we say...the hunt is sweeter than the kill.Or be careful what you wish for, not because you'll get it...but because you're doomed not to want it once you do.So the lesson of Lacan is, living by your wants will never make you happy.”
“What it means to be fully human is to strive to live by ideas and ideals...”
“And not to measure your life by what you've attained in terms of your desires...but those small moments of integrity, compassion...rationality, even self-sacrifice.”
“Because in the end, the only way that we can measure the significance of our own by valuing the lives of others.”

I was really surprising seeing the abstractions from Lacan’s theories into this masterpiece of film work, that gives whole a damn picture of twisted from top to bottom arousing fantasmatic fragments of minute pleasure of the cinematic text.

Here I would like recommend you to watch the movie and get into the nucleus of the Lacanian subject.;)

By the way I have finished reading some of the novels listed for the state literary award for the last year[2009].

The award for the best novel was won by Kandak Sema [A mountain alike] by Sumithra Rahubadda, which was written in the subject of a inter cultural marriage of which happen between a Sinhalese woman and a Japanese old farmer. Literally the novel has not much succeeded but as a theme it conquers a land which is rarely pin pointed by rest recently, and a social issue which took part in the recent history nevertheless a minor form. Due to the socio economic diversities currently happening around the country has made lot of opportunities related with overseas affairs in multi lateral points of various disciplines such as international business opportunities, employment and inter cultural marriages and mostly opening the markets for production based on cheap labor and competitive releases of taxes and lower infrastructure costs in the region.

Due to this paradigmatic liberalized states of social exposure to the world had made unforeseen situations to arise in various sectors of the society. This novel also focused on a similar situation raised in the nuclear aspects of the asian family and its values in different asian cultures [hear between Japan and Sri Lanka]and is fabricated in the novel how it affects female, basically in the female point of view which is primarily governed by the oedipal forces of mind.

Back page of "Denethra "
We are fortunate to enjoy two debut anthologies in this year, making a remarkable astonishment in our mind, significantly giving a hope in future of each direction of literature.

One is a short story anthology which was written by Nedimale Hector, the so called short story anthology Denethra [Two Eyes], and poetry anthology by Mahinda Prasad Masimbula, the Hiruth Hima Piyallaka,[Sun also in a snow flake].

I would like to show off one poem from Mahinda’s book. This has been translated by Malathi Kalpana Ambrose, which is written originally in Sinhalese.


In that glamorous twilight
As I came to see you
I sensed I was convinced
It was only *Galaha Road
The biggest road in the world …

It was the day
The biggest rain drop in the world
Ever fell on to the earth

Three storied, enormous
The biggest university in the world
Was floating in a massive misty flow
I sent you the biggest massage
In the world ever sent
“I am hear to see you”

With the fastest walk in the world
You drifted towards me
The sparkling face and painted with
The most gorgeous smile in the world

Cleared the solitude together
We set up the biggest moment in the world
So then started to flow
The largest river in the world
Filled with love
Touching the bottom of our hearts

Then came the biggest obstacles
The walls of separation
Built up in the between
There were no doorways
On the top of those walls
There placed the biggest thorns in the world

Amongst all the biggest
Souvenirs and statues
I still sense and feel
I am the smallest in the world…

Mahinda Prasad Masimbula
Translated by Kalpana Malathi Ambrose

*Galaha road is the road driven to the University of Peradeniya.

I have just finished reading of Indiyawa- Shoonya Seweem [in pursuance of null in India] which was written by Eric Eliyapparachchi, a veteran literary critic in Sri Lanka.

It is a kind of travel literature book which author has written about his experience and the places he visited during his assignment in India.

He has colored the essays with large amounts of abstracts from books relevant. Each and every chapter is filled with awesome details in history of India in very readable format with great style and form of each chapter. One can get a snapshot view of Indian Music or Cinema or Media in general or situations of recent past in politics or activities with a quick glance where everything is obviously covered in these 180 pages compactly. I enjoyed it a lot.

One final thing , Boodee is about to start an academic institute, so here you can read about that too… this is for the people who are interested in creative commercial works. Whatever,...