Empty Days

Monday, February 09, 2004



What is a wish realized?

Now, this is a strange coincidence (or maybe it's associative thinking at its most unconscious): Terry Gilliam is currently working on a movie called The Brothers Grimm in Prague.

Perhaps there is something blatantly Grimm-like about The Fisher King and it just "naturally" occurred to me to mention them in this connection.

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On the other hand, I had a rather bizarre episode with that sort of thing once. You remember Kubrick made a film from Nabokov's Lolita? Well, at some point I read the book and for some reason an ardent wish came to me to see Jeremy Irons play Humbert Humbert in some future and improbable adaptation.

Later it turned out that at the very time I was burning with this strange desire, Adrian Lyne was preparing his next movie and inviting - guess who - to play the central part...

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I am not inventing anything here and I am not confusing chronology or anything - I had no clue whatever about all these preparations at the time.

If this is a sort of telepathy, I should still like to know why I had to have this particular wish realized; or was the wish itself *suggested* by those unseen goings-on?

I have no idea :-0

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Wittgenstein has some things to say about this (what is a wish realized?).





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