The Moviegoer: opening shot

D-Beetle2I mean, it’d have to be this, right? The industrious dung beetle, working away at his ball of merde, followed by a slow pan over to Binx’s face, six inches away, as he comes into consciousness and sees the beetle, then panning along his body to the wound and the blood, and finally panning up to the famous chindolea bush, where we hold for title. The sounds of war in the background – faint, as if the battle has moved on and left Binx behind. And over it, a bit of narration, God help me: “This morning, for the first time in years, there occurred to me the possibility of a search. I dreamed of the war, no, not quite dreamed, but work with the taste of it in my mouth. I remembered the first time the search occurred to me, when I came to myself under a chindolea bush…[pause in narration as we watch Binx watch the beetle]…There awoke in me an immense curiosity. I was onto something. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.”

Hey, did we all know that the Grey Lady did a back and forth about The Moviegoer back in 2008?


  1. I wondered why my post made so little waves; I musta emphasized the wrong thing:


  2. Jonathan Potter says
  3. By the way, I also covered dung beetles already.

    Do I have to do EVERYTHING around here. Sheesh!


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