I just saw The Wind Rises. It’s my daughter’s favorite movie and she recommended it very strongly. For good reasons, as it turns out. It is beautiful to look at, but more than that, it is a good story: someone who is torn between two loves. I second her endorsement.
You and [his son, who’s a doctor] are very big into truth, truth, truth, yes, yes, yes. But denial – respect denial. It’s very important in the human architecture. It’s what we do when we can’t face what the world throws at us. It’s what helps us get up in the morning, until enough mornings pass that we begin to walk upright in the world.
—Ron Suskind, quoting his friend Max Pluskey
From a talk at Calvin College talking about the story behind his book, Life, Animated.
(Cross-posted from my other blog.)