In his 1938 book, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, Jewish American author Delmore Schwartz wrote of a young man in a crowded movie theatre. This is no ordinary cinema. Playing on the screen is his own mother and father, repeating their teenaged romance. The young man hates it. The lighting is bad. Worse, his parents play their roles wrong – his father is too anxious, and his mother isn’t the right fit.
Since action begets action, the young man tries to change the plot, much to the dismay of the other patrons. When his father proposes to his mother, the unnamed narrator starts to yell madly: “Don’t do it. It’s not too late to change your minds, both of you. Nothing good will come of it.” But, of course, this is a cinema, and nothing is achieved besides a threat from the usher. Although the movie and the outbursts continue, by the end, the usher with his heavy flashlight escorts the young man out, and the young man wakes up in his bed. [Read more…]