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Adam Davidson, in an essay for The New York Times:
That doesn’t stop both presidential candidates from constantly invoking the magnificent working-class economy we once had and can have again, if only we give them our vote.
Calling for a return to the days when everybody who was willing to put in a hard day’s work could make a good living at the factory is a fantasy, maybe a lie and certainly an implicit acknowledgment that nobody has any idea what to do with the underemployed in the slums of Trenton, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Southeast D.C. It’s safer to talk about Pakistan.
This is one of the best things I have ever read. I know it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read because I wish I had written it.
WE BELIEVE IN CHARACTERS BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR ANCHORS TO EXPERIENCE. OUR VESSELS. AND SAVE FOR THE OCCASIONAL MOVIE WHERE WE ARE MEANT TO LARGELY LOOK AT THESE CHARACTERS IN EXTERNAL TERMS (COENS PLAY WITH THIS BEAUTIFULLY), THEY ARE THE LENS THROUGH WHICH WE ABSORB THE CINEMATIC WORLD. CHARACTER IS OUR VESSEL INTO IDEOLOGIES AND THEMES AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD. IN THIS MEDIUM THAT SCULPTS IN TIME, THEY ARE OUR SIGN POSTS ON THE WAY TO UNDERSTANDING LIFE’S NARRATIVE. MEANING, YES, CHARACTER IS SO MUCH CLOSER TO WHY WE GO TO THE MOVIES. IT ALL COMES TO PASS… IF WE WERE MAKING A PROOF OF HOW A MOVIE WORKS: CHARACTER AND THAT CHARACTER’S CONNECTION TO THE THEME WOULD BE OF GREATEST POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANCE.
IT IS THE VERY PURPOSE OF STORYTELLING.
EVEN THEN, HULK ADMITS THAT MOVIES ARE MYSTERIOUS, COMPLEX THINGS. CERTAIN THINGS WORK FOR MOST PEOPLE. CERTAIN THINGS DON’T. CERTAIN THINGS HIT THE ZEITGEIST. CERTAIN THINGS DON’T. THIS DOESN’T MEAN WE SHOULD THROW UP OUR HANDS AND SUBMIT TO THE DEPLORABLE GOLDMAN IDIOM OF “NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING,” BUT INSTEAD COME TO REALIZE THAT THE FINAL EQUATION OF A MOVIE IS AN INORDINATELY COMPLEX THING THAT DOESN’T QUITE DEPEND ON SIMPLE LOGIC. EVEN TO HULK. MOVIES ARE FULL OF MOVING PARTS AND ENCOMPASS SO DAMN MUCH TO CONSIDER THAT IT ISN’T EVEN FUNNY. BUT HULK ARGUES THAT THIS COMPLEXITY IS ACTUALLY AN INVITATION FOR US TO PEER IN AND SEE WHAT MOVIES CAN BE ABOUT.
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