Daily Archives: January 27, 2015

Interstellar and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

Just felt the need for a reblog. It was a great movie, and to my surprise, this has been one of my more popular posts.

Bookshelf Battle

I saw Interstellar tonight and overall found it very moving and enjoyable.  As soon as I figure out what the hell happened, I’ll give it an actual review.  In the meantime, I wanted to share the text of the poem that featured prominently throughout the film:

DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT

BY: Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late…

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A Hypothetical…

You get a month off.  No one will bother you.  Everyone you care about has expressed support…nay, demanded that you do nothing but write and all will be fine without you until you return.  You have a cabin in the woods, or a beach house, or a hotel in Hawaii…ok wherever you want.  And all you have to do for the next month is write.

In fact, let’s up the ante.  You are locked in the room.  You have all the food, sustenance, drinks, water, bathroom, really all the things you need in life.  And there’s no distractions.  You get like one hour a day for a TV watching break.  After that, the TV magically stops until the next day’s one hour break.

Also, you only get to use the Internet in so far as you are conducting novel research.  Once you start looking up youtube videos about cats engaging in hilarious activities, the Internet shuts down until you conduct serious research again.

You’re free of all distractions.  You have all that you need.

QUESTION – Given this situation, what would you write?

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