“I’m happy as I am.” You might not think that a radical declaration, but it’s the challenge hurled in Yasujiro Ozu’s marvelous “Late Autumn” by a young woman who’s just cheerfully announced that she’s not ready for marriage. Her elders respond with shocked determination and commit themselves to selecting a husband for her at once.
Browsing through brochures
In the neurologist’s waiting room
Brings to mind my scattered and long
Deployed network of cousins
There is something beyond blood
Perhaps you remember the wonderful Larry McMurtry novel. Perhaps you saw the incredible and incredibly heartbreaking motion picture, which won a slew of Academy Awards. Directed by James L. Brooks, and starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson and Debra Winger, this is one of those rare moments in the popular arts where we find a solid example of what it means to be part of a family. What it means when loss steps in to wrench us away from the ones we love.