We riddle you with form
FreeDarko gets back on the McSweeney's block today, with a DLIC banger about the Year of Redemption. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this; doubtlessly, we've already seen any number of beleaguered souls salvage their fortunes, and I'd say this is a necessary step for any FD-ish player who teased us with potential for too many moons. But I also shiver deep inside, since I slated last season to be this, hitching the sodden horse upon the quarters of Artest, Marbury, and the Franchise, among others. I know, I know, it might've been too fulsome a gamble, and I think DLIC has put made this motif into something far more useful. I would prefer, though, to not be reminded of one of the many tactical errors committed in this blog's past.
I'm also not quite sure why he feels this season is thus far lacking in thematic grist, even if few lack the overarching buzz of REDEMPTION. Certainly, simply speaking "Monta Ellis" doesn't have the same whir as BRAWL FALLOUT, THE NEW OFFENSE, SLASHING OF PERSONAL HEARTS or CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS did, yet that doesn't mean that such individuality need be rotely isolated. I would like here to harken unto the forgotten song of the monad, wherein we learn how seemingly singular examples can be used as perspectival windows out onto the rest of all that quavers with existence. Monta's relevance to the rest of the league might be subtle, even indirect, but as dramatic a statement as he's made invariably affects our view of any number of other players and their travails.
Now that I've summarily discarded my comrade's noble efforts, let me clutch back at the party line by citing this Believer interview with Matthew Barney that, coincidentally, also appears on McSweeney's:
THE BELIEVER: Are you into those NFL highlight films?
MATTHEW BARNEY: Yeah, those NFL films are great. What's probably most significant about them, in terms of the way they influenced filmmaking, is the way they brought the individual character out of the chaotic mass of people. This brought a kind of psychological dimension to the viewer. Before NFL Films, the games were described by an upper three-quarters angle, maybe from one sideline, and occasional close-ups. These guys approached the game completely differently.
FOOTBALL IS BASKETBALL. FALL BACK IN THE TWO-HUNDRED SIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!