Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Primate Muse Tuesday YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Primate Muse
Human primates are hoarders in times of need (drought/poverty), need recalled (rationing), and when scarcity, either real or perceived, is roused (consumer culture says we need things).

I have more of just about every thing than I will ever need (waste not-want not). It's stuff that reminds me of other people, places, and times I lived through, or stuff other folks gave me, or things with which to produce art, write stories, find references, read about something.
There are more shirts, slacks, skirts, sweaters, jackets, coats and socks than I can wear in a year.  I have  one pair of boots. two pair of crocks, and two pair of cloth sandals which is just enough till they all fall apart,
The walls are covered with art work (given, gleaned, found, or produced by me).  Boxes of books are stacked in a closet and more are out in every room.  There are plates I never use, and cups enough for a party of twelve.  I've only scratched the surface here.
Suffice it to say, it's a whole lot of stuff from many lifetimes lived over the past forty plus years in this space.  It makes me think about it, organize it, give it away, find a use for it, or store it.  I do that really well--I'm not the Collier Brothers (more about them when I review "Homer and Langley" by E.L. Doctorow)--the place is neat, attractive, not spacious, but not dangerous either.  And, I'm not ready to divest the lot just yet, but I will be eventually.
You can't take it with you is the final truth.
So let me suggest everyone get a copy of this classic Frank Capra Academy Award winner, and sit down for a really good time traveling back to 1938 for ninety minutes.
You Can't Take It With You
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The cast includes James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Misha Auer, Spring Byinton, and Ann Miller.
When a haughty banker tries to buy up a city block, one man's eccentric household
throws him for a loop!
I got lucky, have a DVD from a thrift shop for $3
You can get it from Netflicks, or
Here it is in 12 parts compliments of 'roomfullofidiots' at You Tube


deanna7trees said...

i've been sorting, organizing and purging. not holding on to as much these days.

Nancy said...

I too contemplate this and have been letting go of more and more. A few things I thought I could never let go of. This is good.

Anonymous said...

i love jimmy stewart.

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Hi Serena--Me too, and Jean Arthur, and Lionel Barrymore.