It’s called vermiculture, my environmentalist friends tell me. You take some worms and put them in a small plot of earth with some dead leaves. The worms eat the leaves, then climb to the top to poop. Then they burrow under the earth where they reproduce quite quickly. After a while, you can take the poop (called vermicast) and sell it. You can also take the worms, of which you would have quite a lot more of than when you started, and sell those too. After another short while, you can take some now-rich soil and plant vegetables in it. Then you can sell the organic vegetables too.
That’s three ways to earn. They tell me the demand is much greater than the current supply, and they will gladly take my produce and sell them for me. There is also apparently an export market for them.
So what do you think? Should I make my fortune on worms and poop?
I learned that a lot of young people have never heard of many of my must-see films that succeeded on plain old good writing, direction, lighting, music and cinematography, and without the benefit of today’s effects technology. Here’s my initial list. Got any to add?
- Gone with the Wind (even with today’s technology, can’t think how this can be improved)
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (one of Jack Nicholson’s best)
- Babette’s Feast (love this!)
- Heavenly Creatures (not a pleasant film to watch but very good nonetheless; based on a true story, starring a very young Kate Winslett)
- The Color Purple (a little too long for me, but worth it; Whoopee Goldberg’s first major film, but NOT a comedy; try to spot Oprah Winfrey)
- Remains of the Day (quiet is perhaps the best word to describe it — i’ve seen noisier silent films!)
- Camille Claudel (wonderful Isabelle Adjani!)
- Steel Magnolias (superb ensemble cast)
- Fiddler on the Roof (lovely lovely)
- The Godfather (I like the second one best, but you can’t see it without having seen the first first.)