No man is an island, so they say. Some people would like to be. Some people would like to be a small parcel of beachfront land far from everyone else as long as it has wi-fi. Some people would like to live in a cave but the plumbing would get them down in two weeks max.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr believed that all of human striving was aimed at recreating the simple permanent communities of ages past. He’s dead now.

There’s a Hollywood musical called ‘Brigadoon’ where one grouchy character says ‘It’s not the heat, it’s the humanity!’. He’s dead, too.

I think one of the most helpful pieces of Hollywood philosophy I ever saw was ‘The Wizard of Oz’. All of those actors are dead too. Hollywood has a lot to answer for.

My favorite movie is called ‘Harvey’, about a pleasant character named Mr. Elwood P. Dowd who seems perfectly sane except for the fact that he appears to see a six foot tall rabbit who is a pooka, named Harvey, a benign mischievous Celtic spirit. Elwood appears to be a much more virtuous person than he would otherwise be, thanks to Harvey’s presence. Should we cure Mr Dowd ‘for his own good’ or allow him to continue his fantasy for the good of others?

I haven’t the faintest idea.

And therein (as much as anything), lies the purpose of this blog. Some of it is right. Some of it horribly wrong. I just have no idea which bits are which.

And don’t get me started about ‘The Big Lebowski’.

Jeff Burton

I write poetry, short prose and songs. I have several books on Amazon which nobody has read. I accept this with good grace.

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