Recurring Meme

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As I watched season 7 of Game of Thrones on the plane, I was struck by how often I’ve seen the giant library in movies – libraries large enough, or old enough, to contain a compendium of all human experience.

The Library of Alexandria and the Vatican Library also feature in movies. Below is “Angels and Demons.”

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Below, the Department of Records in the movie Brazil.

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I won’t produce an exhaustive list here, but it is a rather long list. I think these movies are reproducing something. There may be an original archetype, a storehouse of all that can be known of this world – and of the previous four worlds.

The somewhat Biblical expression that something “is written” may be literally true.

Somewhere beyond “the wall” there is a labyrinth of this information – names, dates, titles, contracts, and deeds. Such written sources bind the interior and exterior, attaching identities and souls to this world.

These libraries formalize existence.

Then again, perhaps I’m suffering from a severe case of jet lag

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