Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Little Murders

Little Murders - a play and movie by Jules Feiffer, 1970. Still; Alan Arkin.

Plot summary:

"A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play was written, 1969. How the family's failings are magnified by the social confusion of the times is the crux of the plot."

I think of Feiffer's play everytime I hear about snipers and serial killers and killings in our Country's cities - such as the freeway sniper now active in Indiana. Violence it seems is apparently escalating once again. His play was rather prophetic in many ways, albeit a black comedy. For people in Lebanon and Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan, and not a few other places in the world, it is everyday life once again.

I am also reminded of Mother Teresa's prophetic words that made her listeners, the Clintons among them, rather uncomfortable:

"February 1997 - National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by President Clinton and the First Lady. 'What is taking place in America,' she said, 'is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another.'"

In the late '60's the musical "Hair" opened on Broadway and I was in NYC to see it, in one of the songs they shout out sexual terms for various sexual acts as a sort of declaration of sexual freedom. One could substitute those words in the same mantra like fashion regarding what has brought all of this upon us;

"Sexual Promiscuity"

On and on. Pope Paul VI in his encyclical "Humanae Vitae" also prophetically foretold what might happen to us in the future. (The future is now.)


  1. What a (sadly necessary!) but to-the-point-simply-stated truth from Mother Teresa.

    & the culture today is so blase about many of the subjects on your list...

    Lord have mercy on us!

  2. Terry,
    We reap what we sow. The more we encase ourselves in the culture of death, the more that death and destruction will be visited upon us, with the innocent getting in the way many times.
    All your recent posts on culture and sexual behavior have been courageous and thought-provoking. There just doesn't seem to be any way to escape it. (If I see one more commercial on "family-friendly" tv stations for men's - and women's - sexual enhancement, I'm going to scream. We may be able to turn the tv off, but we still have to live with those who don't.)
    This calls for a lot more prayer.

  3. You might enjoy this Mr. Media podcast interview with cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who talks about the new collection of his comic strips from the Village Voice, getting his start with Will Eisner on The Spirit, his plays (Little Murders), his movies (Carnal Knowledge, Popeye), the Disney musical adaptation of The Man in the Ceiling, and his forthcoming memoirs.


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