Little Person & Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York

I’m just a little person,
One person in a sea
Of many little people
Who are not aware of me.

I do my little job
And live my little life,
Eat my little meals,
Miss my little kid and wife

And somewhere, maybe someday,
Maybe somewhere far away,
I’ll find a second little person
who will look at me and say,

“I know you
You’re the one I’ve waited for.
Let’s have some fun.”

Life is precious every minute,
and more precious with you in it,
so let’s have some fun

We’ll take a road trip way out west. You’re the one I like the best.
I’m glad I’ve found you,
Like being around you
You’re the one I like the best.

Somewhere, maybe someday,
Maybe somewhere far away,
I’ll meet a second little person
And we’ll go out and play.
— Little Person, “Synecdoche, New York”

The lines bring me back to the movie “Synecdoche, New York” which is extremely provocative.  I’m not sure i would call it entertaining but i definitely enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure i need to see it again.  I do think Charlie Kaufman (the writer and director) is a genius.  He’s written some incredible films – all about the mind and how we intereact with it. In fact, here’s how i categorize all his films:

  • Most mainstream and accessible – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (How we deal with losing your mind)
  • Most clever and funniest – Adaptation (Having a twin brother do what you cannot)
  • Most creative and original – Being John Malkovich (Going into someone else’s mind)
  • Most thought provoking – Synecdoche, New York (How the mind deals with age, discouragement, wisdom and uncertainty)
  • Most exciting and sexy – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (How the mind deals with two different lives)

I’m not sure which one is my favorite as they are all good in different ways.   Which ones do you like?

Welcome to the Jungle….

As Axl Rose purportedly makes final preparations to put out Chinese Democracy any minute now (we hope!), Stephen Davis, the rock biographer behind 1985’s classic Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, is releasing his long-awaited Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses. In it, Davis traces GN’R’s illustrious history all the way back to Rose’s origins as a disaffected Indiana kid named Bill Bailey. Here’s an excerpt from the book’s introduction:

Some think the legend of Guns N’ Roses began in the nighttime Los Angeles of 1985, a distant echo of West Hollywood’s neon-lit Sunset Strip. Others think it should begin ten years earlier, at the confluence of two Indiana rivers, the Wabash and the Tippecanoe, in the 1970s. But in this telling, the GN’R saga begins in gritty New York, in upper Manhattan, on a sweltering, run-down street in the late afternoon of a summer day in 1980

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