A good time for museums and walks

September 13th, 2007

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Dear Ben,

Sorry I missed you last night. You were at some Jewish celebration I take it? Never read the Old Testament myself, and I seriously wish you would stop living in the past. That said, I hope to see you in the near future. Maybe this weekend? Since it seems like we are consulting.

I’ve almost made it all the way through Arrested Development, and I now see what all the fuss is about. It’s kind of amazing, but also, I can see why it didn’t catch on in many ways. It’s demanding of its audience. The jokes are super fast, and also each episode layers on top of the next like pieces in a game of Tetris. Except the person playing isn’t very good, so the pieces rarely disappear and are constantly re-referenced. This is not how sitcoms generally work. Each episode is more or less just a circular function the characters run through that ensures that, at the end, they’re back at the beginning, ready for next week. AD instead like, never lets anything go, which is admirable in many ways. Like, the stair car could have been a one-time gag. But instead they were like, “This is a decision we made. We must stick with it.” By the third season, it’s like this deep self-referential tangle that is HILARIOUS assuming you’ve been along for the tying of each knot. That said, I wish there was more. Much more.

I’ve also started re-watching Firefly, while introducing P to it for the first time. It holds up, that show. I wish there was way more of that too. One of these days I’ll re-rent the movie (Serenity).

Anyhow, life marches on, Ben. The bite of autumn is clearly in the air, and the days get darker faster. “What does this mean,” I wonder to myself. Something, that’s for sure. It makes me want to be outside. Autumn is an ending I don’t want to miss. It’s a good time for driving out of the city on the weekends. A good time for museums and walks.

Yours,
Charlie

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