Isherwood

May. 14th, 2011 08:45 am
leslielemon: (and I wish I had some whiskey and a gun)
One of my favorite parts in A Single Man is George lecturing on the subject of fear.

"Fear, after all, is our real enemy. Fear is taking over our world. Fear is being used as a tool of manipulation in our society. Itʼs how politicians peddle policy and how Madison Avenue sells us things that we donʼt need. Think about it. Fear that weʼre going to be attacked, fear that there are communists lurking around every corner, fear that some little Caribbean country that doesnʼt believe in our way of life poses a threat to us. Fear that black culture may take over the world. Fear of Elvis Presleyʼs hips. Well, maybe that one is a real fear. Fear that our bad breath might ruin our friendships… Fear of growing old and being alone."

Stay brave!
leslielemon: (sat in your lap)
Look around you, Grant! Most of these students aspire to nothing more than a corporate job. They desire to raise Coke-drinking TV-watching children who as soon as they can speak chant TV jingles and smash things with hammers.

- You’re scaring me today, George.

You can’t tell me you have an easy time with these students. I find them staring at me in a kind of bovine stupor as if I were lecturing in a foreign language. Remind me why we shouldn’t all just be annihilated.


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