After considering his request for 16 years, the Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps—which doesn’t allow visitors—decided to allow Philip Gröning to shoot a film documenting their lives. After nearly three years of editing, ► Into Great Silence is the (naturally-lit, with no commentary or sound effects) result. ※ See also, a documentary invoking many other kinds of silence: ► Samuel Beckett: Silence to Silence documentary.
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"In this stunning 360° video, former U.S. inmate Rickey Jackson, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 40 years (including being on death row and in solitary), ► tells the story of his rebirth." || See also: After 39 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ricky Jackson Is Finally Free.
A conversation last night reminded me that I am unrepentant about (most of) my 80s rock listening…then and now. Michelle Kwan’s cover of “Sweet Child o’Mine” on a guzheng nails not just the iconic song, but one of the era’s best solos. Also: a worthy cover by bluegrass musicians Thunder and Rain & Postmodern Jukebox doin’ it New Orleans style & Scary Pockets makin’ it funky & a wistful version by Taken by Trees.
“There are 800,000 unmarked graves in Glasnevin Cemetery. This is the story of one.” → ► The Bookbinder’s Daughter
“…deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of the other person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. And if you remember that you are helping him or her to suffer less, then even if they say things full of wrong perception, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion.” → Thich Nhat Hanh on Compassionate Listening.