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  •  Books ask us to collaborate imaginatively (5+ / 0-)

    so they allow us to develop our own dreams and ideas, they offer us a more personal scaffolding to grow upon. A book can evolve within you, and speak to you differently at 15 than when you read it again at 30 and 50.

    But movies and TV offer a technicolor persona, a costume and mannerisms to step right into. How many children have played tough like Bogart, Wayne or Eastwood? And how many gangsters learned a sociopathic strut from The Godfather, Scarface & Goodfellas?

    Those scaffoldings, from books and movies, are part of everybody's development. I think the important thing is not to get stuck, playing Peter Pan forever, for example. To question, to hear criticism, to deepen and mature - as Don Quixote finally does, at the sad end. I love how books can put so many seeds in our imagination, a whole orchard growing with us, a conversation that ripens in all directions.

    Wonderful diary, thanks.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 11:07:26 AM PDT

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