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quote: percy on life after the movies

Posted by rigorousm on February 5, 2011

Afterwards in the street, she looks around the neighborhood. “Yes, it is certified now.”

 

She refers to a phenomenon of moviegoers which I have called certification. Nowadays, when a person lives  somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for him. More than likely he will live there sadly and the emptiness which is inside him will expand until it evacuates the entire neighborhood. But if he sees a movie which shows his very neighborhood, it becomes possible for him to live, for a time at least, as a person who is Somewhere and not Anywhere.

 

– -Walker Percy, The Moviegoer p. 63.

 

The greater the separation of events from their constitutive geography, the more powerful the mythology and the more cliched the geographical landscapes expressing and expressed through the mythology.

– Neil Smith,”New City, New Frontier: The Lower East Side as Wild, Wild West,” Variations on a Theme Park, p. 69.

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