Monday, 7 September 2009
The glove compartment (2): Ambidexterity
This, of course, is the other man in the rear-view mirror – Billy Bob Thornton in the Coen brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There. Sometime last year I said that the only way you can tell me and BBT apart is that he holds his cigarette in his right hand, I in my left. But it’s not as simple as that. I watched the film again a couple of weeks ago; BBT smokes pretty well continuously through the whole thing, and sometimes he has the cigarette in his right hand and sometimes in his left.
An exchange from a few years ago:
Therapist: Tell me about your father.
Me: He died a long time ago.
Therapist: So fathers are people who are absent?