Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

Sorry, this post has nothing to do with knitting today. A few days ago, I read Margene’s blog entry about how she’d read on Deb’s blog that “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” is a complete sentence. I had to tell my husband (who’s a technical writer) about it, and who then had to tell one of his co-workers, who loves this sort of thing. Repetition, repetition, repetition.

Somehow, the whole “Buffalo buffalo” thing made me think of “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich”, from “Being John Malkovich”, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I remember when we first saw that movie in the theater. We loved it, but came out of the movie absolutely convinced that whoever wrote it had to be on drugs. And not just any drugs, but psychedelic, hallucinogenic drugs. Like LSD or magic mushrooms. Who else could ever come up with this stuff? My favorite part was John Malkovich going through his own portal into himself, and what he sees. My husband though the funniest thing was that you would come out of John Malkovich and be spit out into a ditch by the New Jersey turnpike. That still cracks him up. (But then, he lived in New York and New Jersey for years). That was our first introduction to the mind of Charlie Kaufman. Who, by the way, says he’s always sober when he writes. OK, so maybe he’s not on drugs. I’ll take his word for it.

Then, what should happen to be delivered to my house via Netflix, but “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. Another Charlie Kaufman story. If that man isn’t on drugs, maybe he should be. Or we should be, because we like it. But the timing was very funny. I usually don’t have any idea what my next movie from Netflix will be — I have a huge list that I just add to when I find something I want to watch, and someday they show up.

Even more amusing was that just a couple of weeks ago, we watched “Adaptation”. Yes, Charlie Kaufman again. Kaufman, Kaufman, Kaufman. We thought one of the funniest things in the movie was when Nicholas Cage (playing Charlie Kaufman) says “I just wrote myself into my own screenplay”. It was funny enough just in the context of the movie plot, wherein Charlie Kaufman (the character) writes himself into the screenplay of “The Orchid Thief”, but even funnier that Charlie Kaufman (the writer) wrote himself into the movie as a character who writes himself into a movie. Totally recursive.

Buffalo buffalo buffalo, Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich, Kaufman Kaufman Kaufman….

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