6 June 2010

The Addiction by Ferrara, 1995

Filed under: Movies — ktismatics @ 3:11 pm

“Look at me and tell me to go away. Don’t ask. Tell me.”

“What’s your major?”
“You like it?”
“What else is there? Man is the measure of all things.”
“Protagoras, right?”
“What are you studying?”
“Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.”

“How can you act so glibly. Look what you’ve done to me. How could you do this? Doesn’t this affect you at all?”
“No. It was your decision. Your friend Feuerbach wrote that all men counting stars are equivalent in every way to god. My indifference is not the concern here. It’s your astonishment that needs study.”

“You’re halfway through your dissertation, you don’t go to class, you don’t study, you don’t conference. I don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”
“Every philosopher had a predecessor without whom his system of philosophy could never have developed. The same could be said for all of us but you see it’s all frail, because our predecessor doesn’t have a name…”
“Predecessor to what? I don’t know what you’re talking about… I don’t even know who I’m talking to. Kathy you gotta get some help.”
“You know, this obtuseness is disheartening, especially in a doctoral candidate. You ought to know better.”

“Your breath smells like shit, you know that? …They fall like flies before the hunger, don’t they? You can never get enough, can you? But you learn to control it, you learn like the Tibetans to survive on a little… The entire world’s a graveyard and we — the birds of prey picking at the bones. That’s all we are, we’re the ones who let the dying know the hour has come. You think Nietzsche understood something? Mankind has striven to exist beyond good and evil from the beginning. You know what they found? Me. You want tea?”
“Maybe later.”
“How can you drink it?”
“A lot of people drink tea.”
“I mean people like us.”
“I’m not like you. You’re nothing. That’s something you ought not to forget. You’re not a person, you’re nothing. Have you read Naked Lunch?”



  1. Yes, it’s a vampire movie.


    Comment by ktismatics — 7 June 2010 @ 1:34 pm

  2. “It’s your astonishment that needs study.”

    That’s a great line. Circular, if you’re not careful.


    Comment by Carl — 8 June 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  3. Hey Carl, all finished grading AP essays for this year? It was fun hanging out. I hope you give this movie due consideration for yourself and your guests. Of course it’s offensive, but everybody gets to decide if this is tragedy or farce. Maybe if they tell you to turn it off, tell you like they mean it…


    Comment by ktismatics — 8 June 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  4. Just got back! Feeling pretty brain-dead. Tomorrow at home, then off again to deliver Rachel to Maine for the summer.

    It was great fun hanging out. I’m looking forward to putting the movie to the house test. I’ll let you know how it goes.


    Comment by Carl — 9 June 2010 @ 5:53 pm

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