Muses

My Muse is a literary blog about the way films, songs and words fill our lives, influence them, offer wisdom, wit and wonder.
  • Movies

    It’s bigger on the inside

    The Tardis: Bigger on the Inside

    I think what makes The Tardis so compelling as a storytelling device is its strength as a metaphor for our own human condition. Like us, it’s larger — much larger — on the inside than it appears on the outside. Infinite. Surprising. Confusing. Contradictory. And extraordinarily, strangely beautiful. And also […]

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  • Music

    What’s that sound? ~ All Along the Watchtower, Bear McCreary style.

    Battlestar Galactica Season 3 soundtrack by Bear McCreary

    It’s a rare enough thing that television offers art of remarkable quality, but (imho) Battlestar Galactica — the “reimagined” series which aired beginning in 2003 — did just that. Not only in its scripts, cinematography, visual effects and acting, but also the soundracks scored by Bear McCreary and (for the […]

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  • Books

    Before and After ~ Stephen Mitchell’s Second Book of the Dao

    The Second Book of the Tao, Stephen Mitchell (trans)

    I was digging into Stephen Mitchell’s The Second Book of the Dao one day back in January (over a lovely Red Snapper Soup @ Granville Island) when a passage in the second chapter inspired the following poem. Before and After Before sorrow, longing Before longing, anger Before anger, pain Before […]

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  • Featured Post

    The trick … is not minding that it hurts ~ Lawrence of Arabia

    The Match Scene ~ Lawrence of Arabia

    I’ve always loved this scene introducing Peter O’Toole in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. In a film rife with extraordinary storytelling and wisdom, it remains my favourite. In hindsight perhaps it’s the spiritual undertone of Lawrence’s statement that’s always intrigued me most because, of course, Lawrence isn’t only talking about […]

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