“All Boundaries are Conventions”


(just press play and read)

“Don’t worry, all is well. All is so perfectly, damnably well. I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so. Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I feel my own, and I know that separation is an illusion. My life extends far beyond the limitations of me.” ~Robert Frobisher, Cloud Atlas

I LOVE Cloud Atlas. I love the book, the movie, the soundtrack, and all of the eerie thought-seeds it can plant in one’s brain, the most haunting of which is “What if I write something that one-day leads to someone’s death?” I know this may sound sort of silly and egotistical–as in why does this jackass think his ideas are important enough for anyone to kill for–but I’ve always been curious about the ripple effect that literature has, even if it starts small out small, and is believed to be unnoticed.

If you are not familiar with Cloud Atlas, allow me to give you a brief description: it is a thoughtful weave of six stories, each interconnected by the literature written about the previous. Each story is set in a different time, is told in a different style, and represents a different genre, but they all share the same basic theme.

The track I linked and the quote are featured in the best scene of the film (in my opinion), but–alas!–I can’t post the scene itself because it is full of spoilers and is fairly R-rated. (As a high school teacher, I must be careful about what I put in public view–I’d hate to anger parents by featuring spoilers in my blog.) Still, the strains are so poignant and beautiful, with or without visuals or monologues, that they make a great backdrop for writing and reading. And maybe they inspire you to go watch the movie, read the book, or do something else wonderful and artistic. Or just sit and listen and revel in the majesty.

I’m going to go work on a story.

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Here are links to David Michell’s novel and Tom Tykwer’s film.

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