Beautiful Grief: an addendum

Just by coincidence, a friend sent me a link this morning to an article by the actor John Cusack, from of all sources, wherein he talks about books that made a big impact on him.

One of the books he names is Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird, and in describing the impact the book had on him, he touches on the themes I just covered in my last post.

I really don’t know what I could say about this book that hasn’t already been said. I read it in high school English class, and it was the first time I went to school and was interested in what anyone had to say. The story leaped off the page; it made me confront my own fears and prejudices. I went home and started reading and didn’t stop until the next morning. I’d never had that experience. I’d never been moved that way, felt that sort of pathos or compassion. That moment—the first time you fall in love with art—it has a huge impact on you. In a sense, you’re always looking for those moments.

I had a similar, all-nighter experience, with J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, my life, at least internally, was immeasurably changed by it, and I have, indeed, been looking for those moments, finding them occasionally, ever since.

3 thoughts on “Beautiful Grief: an addendum

  1. Love Cusack… he always seems to take a hand in the sound track for his work. I know he is a huge Joe Strummer (Clash) fan. The music of the Clash had this impact on me… and recently I have been listening to a lot of Joe and the Mescaleros… Joe was figuring a lot out, too bad we’ve lost him.

  2. It IS incredibly sad to have lost Joe when we did. As the movie you recommened – “The Future Is Unwritten” – showed, he’d gone through a very long lost period as an artist, he was a recovering celebrity, and he had only just hit his stride again with the Mescaleros.

    Heavy sigh.

    As for Cusack, I’ve liked him a lot since an early movie of his- “The Sure Thing”. He does make some strange choices sometimes that seem like money grabs. Just read a review of his latest, “2012”, and it sounds like the worst kind of Hollywood crap.

    Hopefully he did it to raise money for something worthwhile.

    1. I imagine Cusack does a movie like 2012 for two reasons. One it’s a butt load of money. Two so that he can have the pull to do some of the more interesting movies and get them pushed through.

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