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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Space Between

there    was     a   time
 when      i   was  young
 when  right   and  wrong
 were  black   and  white
  and    all   the  world
  was    cut   and    dry.

girls     on   the   left
 boys     on   the  right
  and     everyone   knew
where         they  stood
  and  there   was     no
       middle
   in  the   road.
  and  all      my   toys
  lay                  scattered
   on  the  floor.

  the  yellow   brick      road
  was    just   another      place
    i   hadnt   been to          yet
  but   would   go to            eventually.
  and i knew i  would find it
because    my   father told me so.
   and i knew   that   when i found it
i would  know
because nobody  told me
     i   wouldnt.
                and if
          there  was  ever
     a ceiling i couldnt touch
or  a  question  i couldnt  answer
it was only because i wasn't a grown-up.

                Yet.

and nothing was ever unreachable
and nothing was ever unknowable
and nothing was ever impossible
as long as i was a kid

-- Matthew Jacobs

Originally published December 1996

Friday, March 15, 2013

Amazing Uses for Ordinary Objects (in movies)

The best use of....
  • an umbrella: (#1)
    In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Indiana and Henry Jones are being attacked by a Nazi fighter pilot.  Seeing some birds on the beach, Henry uses an umbrella to intentionally startle the birds into flight, causing the airplane to crash a la "Miracle on the Hudson."
  • an umbrella: (#2)
    A man protecting his cello from the rain while getting wet himself.
    While doing research for this article I learned that the photograph was staged.  How disappointing.  But it's still a great image.
  • a bicycle:
    That scene in "The Transporter" where Jason Statham pours grease all over himself and then uses sharp bicycle pedals for traction.
    (The good part starts at 3:07.)
  • a "Speak and Spell":
    Used by ET to "phone home."
  • a book:
    In "The Relic" (trailer), someone uses a really thick textbook to squash a monster-sized bug.  I know that telling people not to use e-readers is like asking the tide not to come in, but seriously, what are you going to do if you get attacked by an insect the size of a watermelon and all you have to defend yourself with is a Kindle?
  • the Bible:
    "The Shawshank Redemption"
    If you've seen the movie you know exactly what I mean, and if you haven't seen the movie I'm not telling....
  • a cellphone:
    In "Jurassic Park 3," the characters have to reach into a pile of manure to answer a cell phone.  (At least I think it was #3 in the series...)  (A related scene.)
  • a passport:
    Movie: "Sneakers"
    Scene: Liz says, slowly and seductively, "I would really like to hear you say the word 'passport.' "
Have some suggestions for this list?  Post a comment.