Quote of the Day
June 26, 2006

“Truth, like art, is in the eye of the beholder. You believe what you choose, and I’ll believe what I know.”

— as spoken by Kevin Spacey in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I like its self-centered subjectivity, where his beliefs are known but others are only chosen. I also like the movie’s love of Southern weirdos, excuse me, characters. For all its many flaws, it’s sometimes a grand old place, a lot more accepting than some give it credit for… so long as you don’t say the wrong thing.

One Response  
Michael Denton writes:  

The term is “eccentrics” or just “Aunt Nellie.”

That’s what I love about the South, we don’t hide our crazies in an attic, we parade ‘em out on the front porch, for all to see.

The celebration of the South’s more particular elements is at least as old as Faulkner, and is why I love writers like him and Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Harper Lee. The South can be full of charm and grace and wit. It can be a wonderful, wonderful place to live just as much as it can be a close-minded, hateful place to live.


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