Friday, July 29, 2005

I Start My City With a Brick

Add another brick,
Brick by brick i manufacture homes for fallen angels.
-Aes Rock

I've been working in this here parts room for going on 4 years now. NOT ONCE have I dropped the contents of a bag of nuts or washers or the like onto the floor rather than into it's respective bin.


Man, it really sucked too, had to get on the dirty ass floor and pick up as many damned nuts as I could find. Way dirty.

I really thought The Stranger was a pretty disappointing piece of liturature until around chapter 6. I had visions in my head of college english types grasping for a reason this thing was any good at all. It read like a freakin' fourth grader wrote it: "I walked to the balcony. I had a cigarette. I am wearing Spongebob underwear. I watched the people below me with interest, maybe."

But as I was reading today, all of a sudden it got really freakin good.

"He asked me if I wasn't interested in a change of life. I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn't dissatisfied with mine here at all."

I'm sure there are plenty more lines like that, or alluding to ideas like that earlier in the book, but I was probably looking at it with too critical of an eye, being that it was such a renowned work. I need to stop doing that, but at least I come to the conclusion that I like the book on my own terms. I'm not too boned up on existential philosophy, but i'm sure this has alot to do with some of it's core ideas. Regardless, I am now digging it. Digging it I am.

I'm wondering if Garden State had some influences from Albert Camus. The main character's complete lack of feeling at the funereal of his mother, the way that he just kind of drifts through life doing things because it's something to do, rather than out of a desire to do it. I wonder if Zach Braff has acknowledged it as an influence, at least as a jumping off point. Dunno. Must watch Garden State special features.

Note to self (since no one else reads this shite anyway)


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