I had a great find yesterday. I went to Half-Price Books looking for a particular thing and could not find it. (I should always remember that you rarely find a particular title you’re looking for a Half-Price. That place is for browsing.) So, when I couldnt find what I came for I checked out the DVD racks, which is usually fruitless because the DVD racks there are usually 98% crap.
But there it was — a Richard Linklater film I’ve been wanting to see called Before Sunrise. It’s about a 24 hour long romantic conversation between two strangers who meet in Vienna. I love movies about good conversations. I love good conversations period.
Toward the end of the movie the female character Selene said something that struck me. A partial answer to why I love conversations, relationships, and art. She said:
Y’know, I believe if there’s any kind of God, it wouldn’t be in any of us. Not you, or me… but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something [sigh]. I know, its almost impossible to succeed, but… who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.
Spaces between. Sharing. Like the spaces created by converations and relationships. The shared meaning between lovers, friends. What is conversation or art but attempts to create a space between, a shared meaning?