Friday, February 29, 2008

胡说好

我看《今生今世》。胡兰成笔下的“好”字令我着迷。

冯和仪这名字他觉好;张爱玲和她的文章,他说是好人好事;写给张爱玲的第一封信,他自以为好;他说,他的侄女青芸觉得她这个叔叔总是好的……一个“好”字总在你无所用心的时候出现,吓你一跳。最后是张爱玲说好的,胡兰成也都觉得好,好像是张爱玲有点石成金的本领。张爱玲一提,他就知道了京戏、绍兴戏、流行歌的好;张爱玲说一句“当然是《红楼梦》、《西游记》好”,他就一下挣脱了原先束缚他的思想训练、正统理论,确认了《红楼梦》、《西游记》比托尔斯泰的《战争与和平》或歌德的《浮士德》好。

好的东西没有形象可以捉摸,也没有特性可以供人拆散研究。胡兰成说,“张爱玲看东西,真有如天开眼”,要辨好恶,似乎只能请天为你开开眼。可你说它是一种单纯的直觉吗?它又不是的。这直觉是触碰无数好东西养成的,所以说是直觉却也并非直觉。

美的未必是好的,好的也未必是美的。胡兰成说那《查泰尔夫人》哲学也深,文辞也美,可却是不好。张爱玲说那范秀美美,可没说她好。

好的东西未必叫人感觉良好。张爱玲是好的,可是除了胡兰成,每个人见了她都要自惭形愧。因此胡兰成说,“好的东西原来都不是叫人都安,却是要叫人稍稍不安”。还有,好的东西又非务必占为己有。你看张爱玲口里说好,可问她要吗,她却是不想要的。

《红楼梦》里有一首《好了歌》,就说的好与不好这回事。“世人都晓神仙好,惟有功名忘不了!古今将相在何方?荒冢一堆草没了……”神仙是好了,可是真要你去做神仙,你就舍得五味杂陈的凡尘俗世了吗?有一种判断没有美丑善恶正邪是非,它仅仅是好或坏而已。你说胡兰成是大汉奸,说他荒淫滥情,可我只知道他的文章是好的。就连那才子的做作情怀,也是好的。


后话:这是我在《东方日报》生活资讯的最后一篇专栏文章。“晒网打鱼”专栏开设两年又两个月后,正式寿终正寝,谢谢读者这些日子以来的支持(恐怕没有几个)。由于通知的迟,我的三篇囤稿没有机会在原来的地盘出现,损了稿费120元。

4 comments:

Sean E said...

Now that the opposition parties have won control of 5 state governments and denied BN two third majority in the parliament, do the next stage by petition for a Royal Commission on Electoral Reform (RCER) in Malaysia.

If you want to have a better future for our children in Malaysia, do your part by signing the on-line petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/RCER2008/petition.html

This is one way to bring our message to the Government.

Don’t just sit there, stand up and be counted! We want a fair and transparent election.

WHY DO WE NEED TO REFORM THE ELECTION COMMISSION?

1) Gerrymandering. The discrepancy between number of voters in voting areas is too great. The smallest parliamentary seat (Federal Territory, Putrajaya) has only 6,608 voters while the parliamentary seat for Kapar in Selangor has 112,224 voters. What this means is that one vote in the Putrajaya parliamentary constituency is equivalent to 17 votes in the Kapar constituency.

2) Phantom voters. A common tactic is to ‘buy’ the identity card of the voters. Party members from the ruling parties will then vote on the voters’ behalf. Random checking of a person’s identity must be conducted using those finger print checking device (like the bank use). Any voting done on another person’s identity must be made a serious offence under the election law. Now you know why the indelible ink was withdrawn at the last minute by the SPR (Election Commission).

3) Postal votes. The rules on postal voting must be reviewed, tightened and amended. The current rule favours the ruling party as the armed forces personnel and policemen who vote by ‘postal voting’ would obviously not jeopardize their career or promotion prospect by voting for the opposition. Voting under postal voting is not secret as it is under the watchful eyes of the senior officers. Christina Liew of DAP (Api-Api) lost due to postal votes. The ruling party has control of 250,000 postal votes!

4) Spoiled votes. How do we define spoiled votes. It is very easy to turn good votes into spoiled votes (by adding one more x to the ballot paper). Are spoiled votes being verified and watched over by the party representatives? In marginal areas in which the winning margin is razor thin, the so-called spoiled votes need to be scrutinized.

foo wah said...

可惜呀,可惜!!
东方日报里的专栏没有阿思的出现,
真的如:冬菇没了鸡脚,鸡脚没了冬菇一样。。。

阿始 said...

你是想说,就像冬菇鸡脚没有冬菇,或冬菇鸡脚没有鸡脚是吗?

冬菇是冬菇,鸡脚是鸡脚。

阿始

Anonymous said...

只要一个人文章好,可以罔顾其人为汉奸的事实么?何其可悲、又是何其局促--“只知道”这三个字