Running gives you time alone with your thoughts. Want to get past that first mile? Forget you are running at all. Make the legs do the work while the mind flies off somewhere else. That is, I believe, an exercise in Cartesian dualism.
I think that’s Cartesian dualism – sounds right anyway, and sounding right is often right enough, if said fast enough.
Be that as it may, I do know for a fact you should pack your brain with thoughts before you start the run, or you might run out.
I’ve tried carrying along some lofty and profound ideas, but for me, they just don’t have legs. For example: Was Kant right after all? If there is such a thing as Karma, are there mitigating circumstances? Is pragmatism just spiritual laziness? Yes, yes, whatever.
That was good for half a block. The rest of the night I ran on empty.
I need something with real substance. Something profoundly engaging. Something … something like this…
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Movie comedies. Just thinking about movie comedies will carry me through a whole summer of sweat.
There are only two countries that can make comedies: the US and Great Britain. If you believe otherwise, you’re not going to like my list, you’re not going to like me, and you’re probably here by mistake anyway.
I’m talking all manner of comedy: Satire, broad, black, drawing room. With brilliant dialogue that makes you feel like a comedic genius just by quoting it.
My first cut is unmanageable. How to put some order here. American vs British? Old vs new? Preston Sturgis vs everyone else?
Ok, right off the top, here’s my list. On my next run, I’ll think how to whittle it down.
Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
It Happened One Night
Mr and Mrs Smith (Carole Lombard)
The Awful Truth
Waiting for Guffman
Best in Show
The Pink Panther
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Palm Beach Story
The Ruling Class
The Lady Eve
The Ladykillers (Alec Guinness)
His Girl Friday