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Best Possible Selves 14

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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I've been lucky to see several inspiring films recently, most notably Arrival, a beautiful film combining elements of poetry, linguistics, free will, and science fiction. Mistakenly believing that the film was based on a book of a similar title, I purchased a copy of Shaun Tan's The Arrival and gave myself some time over the weekend to read it carefully. Indeed, I prepared myself for the fact that a graphic novel that had taken four years to research might require more concentration than a regular book with words. Although I greatly enjoyed this experience, it turned out that I was wrong about the connection between "Arrival" and "The Arrival" and that the film was based instead on a short story entitled Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. What a lucky mistake. Both texts provide insight/illumination on the relationship between going somewhere and being from somewhere. Whether in fiction or in the classroom of life, for me these are elements fundamental to the possibility of being our best selves.