Monday, June 27, 2011
Burn After Reading Defies Genre
The characters indulge in the following delusions. "This affair will relieve the pain of a cold marriage." "This cosmetic surgery will neutralize the effects of aging." "This crime I'm committing will simplify my life." "This writing gig will easily replace my job." There's a lot of bullshit out there folks, and just 'cause everyone else is steppin' in it, don't mean you should.
While Doctor House says everybody lies as if everybody should, doctors of anthropology have found "the belief that people should represent reality as they perceive it" (otherwise known as truth-telling) is a global ethical value. Without it, society breaks down. According to Jewish Passover tradition, Santa bypasses the homes of children who fib. Plus, having only one story to remember makes drinking a lot more fun.