Saturday, February 17, 2018

When Did Moss Die?

The movie poster for No Country For Old Men superimposes Anton Chigurh coming up out of the dawn horizon and able to see everything. Lewellyn Moss is seen running and Chigurh  takes up the entire sky like the sun. The movie begins with the sun rising. A montage of rough desolate landscapes portrays the sun becoming stronger. Anton Chirgurh is the sun and Sheriff Bell is the moon. This is why they never meet in the film. Moss represents the earth. The movie length is two hours and two minutes and I chose to divide the time frame into four sections and watch for easter eggs with the rough idea that there may be a seasonal structure. The movie begins at dawn with Sheriff Bell relating memories. At the first quarter mark Chigurh enters Moss’s trailer and the date is identified by a telephone bill. The date is Thursday June 5, 1980. That means Moss dies on Friday the 13th. At the halfway mark Chugirh enters Moss’s hotel room at the Eagle Pass and shoots at him as he flees out the window. At the third quarter mark Moss retrieves the money from the Rio Grande river “bank.” The movie ends at dawn with Sheriff Bell relating memories. The two references to dawn and the two scenes with Chigurh entering Moss’s living areas was significant to me. The dawn beginning and ending was in line with the numerous references to circles and circling back patterns in the movie. An anachronistic Dawn dish soap in Moss’s trailer seemed to be an inside joke. I inventoried specific motifs within each of these half hours including any reference to time, date, numbers and celestial objects. I counted 44 numerical or time references in the first half hour. I counted 145 references to numbers or time in the whole movie which is more than one per minute. I counted 80-100 star motifs. Three strange incidents are linked. Wells visits his employer and during the encounter he says he stood outside and counted the floors to the building and one is missing. His observance alludes to the 13th floor being bad luck as well as a conspiracy theory that government office buildings have a missing 13th floor housing sinister operations. Wells is finding a suppressed design. Both Wells and Chigurh visit this same room at 3:10 on consecutive days. Sheriff Bell seems to learn or know more during the dark. His dream states and memories appear to be more insightful than his waking time and the association with star motifs supports him being a celestial persona. His sense of being outmatched is a good metaphor for the unreliability of navigating just by the moon. 

Using the telephone bill as a way to trace the time line of events we can establish that Anton Chigurh is arrested on Saturday June 7, 1980 in West Texas, On that date a “killer heat wave” hit West Texas and spread across the state until Hurricane Allen broke it up on August 10. There was also a solar eclipse on August 10. The car accident makes a nice metaphor for the hurricane stopping the heat wave. Repeated motifs and references to navigation can be found in this movie as well as The Counselor. Hunting, tracking, reverse tires tracks coming back as going, about the same time, mirror the near contact between the three male characters. Moss entering the Eagle Pass Hotel with the numbers reversed then later he back tracks to enter the Eagle Pass hotel with numbers facing front repeats the idea of circling back. The circling back motif could symbolize the way the sun and earth rotate different directions.The satchel with the money is a pilot’s bag used to carry navigation charts and tools. Woody Harrelson says the last date he saw Chigurh was November 28, 1979. Is this date random or does it tell us something about Wells and Chigurh? That is the date of the Mt. Erebus plane crash in Antartica killing all 257 people on board. The crash occurred because a correction of a typing error in the navigational chart was not reported to the pilots the night before the flight. Only three police agencies in the world had trained for Disaster Victim Identification including New Zealand, New South Wales and the United States. Is it possible that Wells and Chigurh could be deployed to a plane crash? Is it possible we
could see these two characters as having the skills to be called for search and rescue versus search and kill?

Excerpted from "The Suppressed Design of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE COUNSELOR As Viewed Through Spenser's EPITHLAMION." by Candy Minx. Presented in ALQ, NM on February 10, 2018.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

After Drinks

One of the extra fun things about the conferences is getting together at the end of the day. Stagg thinks this is the bar where Saul ran his scam in season 2 of BETTER CALL SAUL.
In the photo from left to right is Christopher Porter, me, Todd Womble and Katherine Sugg.

Here is the scene with the scam on BCS

Monday, February 12, 2018

Little Or Zero Cell Reception

 Heck out Stagg’s earbuds. They are designed into the hood ties of his hoodie. I love that there are lots of places in New Mexico without cell reception. Here are some...

Some McCarthy-ties Moments

High Priestess of Superior Apocalype....our fearless panel leader and coordinator Doctor Katherine Sugg. I love you baby!!! Hugs and kisses!

Da boys! The right honourable Doctor Wallis R. Sanborn whose company was a joy. Wow I learned a lot from you and the general conversations were so awesome! Thanks for mugging with the art. Dear dear Rick Wallach concubine of Godzilla Druid deadhead extrodinaire. Ricks paper on the climatic metaphors and imagery of the Cowboy Junkies was sublime. I know Rick as a robust sharp writer and was pleased to see this tender side of his writing. 

The Stagg-can captured Rick working in the lobby on the floor below his display table for art.

On Fridays McCarthy panel was Christopher Porter. We hope to be lucky to watch him work his way through more McCarthy novels! What a wonderful person Christopher is and the world is going to be a better place with such a wise and humble young man like him writing in it.

Here are Rick, Todd and Wallis on the panel for The Krkuke Problem. We all had our heels dug in and the presentations and dialogue was very helpful at trying to get a handle on the Nautilus article by McCarthy this past spring.Great discussion!!! I have some video of Wallis summation I’ll post when I get back to Chicago.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Presentation

I was pretty nervous in the morning....and  a little hungover LOL.

The conference has their own app inside the “guidebook” app. I love it. I spend an hour with the paper brochure given at registration and I circle all the panels I’d like to see. Then on the app you get a bit more description. The app allows you to create your own schedule with an alarm to remind you of upcoming panels. I literally stay in presentations all day long. I also miss some because sessions overlap but you try to hear all the ones you want. I mostly attended film panels.

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