the process is the artwork

Documentary Heaven

“Pourtant il nous reste à rêver
Pourtant il nous reste à savoir
Et tous ces loups qu’il faut tuer
Tous ces printemps qu’il reste à boire
Désespérance ou désespoir
Il nous reste à être étonnés
Pourquoi faut-il que les hommes s’ennuient”

Jacques Brel, “Pourquoi faut-il que les hommes s’ennuyent”

Jacques Brel sings “Pourquoi faut’il que les hommes s’ennuyent“, translated: why must mankind be bored? Curiosity is the best remedy against boredom and one way to satisfy my hunger for knowledge is to watch documentaries. Here’s the place to find some of them online: Entertainment AND food for thought. Perfect.

5 responses

  1. tomliefbaker

    Just got an email showing a new update from the coward refusal website….
    Yeah, I’ve just been doing the same for the last 5 hours. Two random pieces,.. but from a different place than you.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:14 am

  2. tomliefbaker

    That is the problem with having all the time you need in which to get bored. It never leaves you alone, it has to retrieves every last second. It hounds you until it has torn every last shred of time back from you. All of it gone, snatched from your despairing blue knuckled grasp.
    Holidays can be much more tiring than normal life. By the time I get back to work I’m normally a twitching wreck.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:31 am

    • Haha Tom, you are uncapable of getting bored🙂 Except, if I’m not mistaken, when you are forced to converse with unintelligent people.
      Thanks for the links!
      xxx E

      June 10, 2011 at 1:51 am

  3. I just remembered that the verb ennuyer can signify to upset – so another possible translation of “pourquoi faut-il que le hommes s’ennuyent” might be “Why must mankind be upset”. But that is the trouble of translating Brel, he has a tendency to use words with many layers of meaning.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

  4. Review: “Documentary Heaven is in need of a new name”

    “Unfortunately there is a creeping disease in non-fiction television, and I think I’ve found its online home. Take a fact or two, eke it out over 50 minutes with lots of repetition and trails of amazing (but ultimately disappointing) facts to be revealed after the next advert break, or even dispense with references to reality altogether and take some articles of faith, poorly-supported conspiracy theories or matters of opinion and intone them in a deep voice as though they’ve been thoroughly investigated and you have it: the bogus documentary. Often but not always American; often but not always from the Discovery Channel; often but not always about the ancient Egyptians, Nazis or sharks, bogus documentaries look and sound like real ones but offer no education or stimulation, just an hour of moving pictures with pretensions to authority. Its home is Documentary Heaven.”

    Remember always to keep a critical distance when watching documentaries – any documentary🙂

    July 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

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