Rewatched The Village last night. The quote that is staying with me: “Don’t get into conversations.” The context puts me in mind of Emily Dickenson. I have hardly read her, but her reclusiveness speaks to me. I’ve hardly read Proust, but his intensely introverted point of view speaks to me. The Villagers’ old American language speaks to me too. There’s a low, quiet hum in all of their voices. Not a cat’s purr; more intense. An intense quietness. Yes, that’s it. Like this

What good is it to say anything? Sometimes it helps, I suppose. I LOVE Joaquin Phoenix. How much of his acting is connected to River’s death? Maybe that’s where he gets his quietness.

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