from Visitor Q see Kevin’s submission below
This is a day late, my apologies to you all.
These last two weeks I asked you to show me the beauty you find in unexpected places. Here’s what you said:
Kevin wrote a review for the movie Visitor Q. Here’s an exerpt:
The storyline is similar to many other comedy-dramas about dysfunctional families learning to work together (i.e. Little Miss Sunshine, Pieces of April, etc.), but it sidesteps quirky characters that have a unique perspective in favor of making a more universal social comment. The Yamazakis are an allegorical look at the psyche of our current world, a world that sees life through a video lens much of the time (see the popularity of YouTube for just one example). We are becoming more insular and unconcerned by the outside world; the Yamazakis rarely keep secrets from each other, they simply are so disinterested in each others’ lives that they don’t ask any questions. When they finally let each other in, their joy is even greater in the face of a confluence of awful events they learn to overcome together.”
“f you take the first road on the right after downtown Franklin. Right after you pass the Antebellum homes that pepper this area of the south. You will find the home of Dennis Johnson, decorated Korea veteran and retired school teacher; Tobin, the A&R guy at a local record label; Roy and Jolie who take in people who cannot afford their medical costs. Welcome to a place were all the neighbors know each other; welcome to a place that has changed very little in the last 50 years. Welcome to where we live.”
“Something that I find beautiful also happens to be Dungeons and Dragons relevant.
Since I’ve started writing my fantasy novel, I’ve been searching all over for “characteristic objects” in other realms of speculative fiction. That is, objects that don’t make sense in our world, but once described fully, not only do they make sense in their world, but they also make that world make sense. One of my favorite examples, which I find amazing and beautiful is Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 edition magic item: bag of holding.
It is the same as a regular cloth sack the size of a duffel bag. The same in every way except for five:
- 1. Its inside exists in nondimensional, airless, space (so its bigger, up to 250 cubic feet bigger).
2. No matter what you put in it, it always weighs the same.
3. If the bag is overloaded or pierced, the bag is ruined and everything instantly spills out.
4. No matter what you’re looking for, its always on top.
5. My personal favorite: if you place another nondimensional space (a portable hole) inside the bag a rift in the world is torn open, instantly sucking everything into an endless void within ten feet, losing them, the bag, and all its contents forever.”
Wow, the K’s really showed up in full force for this one. 🙂
As for me, I have a strange affinity for laundromats. I don’t know why, but I find their hum oddly ecstatic, and the mix of people is always interesting. It’s like anyone or anything could happen. I’m not a fan of ones that blast music or TV so loud you can’t think, but sitting and people watching while your clothes spin in tiny kaleidoscopes of color has always comforted me.
What are your quirky loves?