Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.
Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
Jim Jarmusch’s Petrified Hipness
Richard Brody on Jim Jarmusch’s new film, “Only Lovers Left Alive”: http://nyr.kr/PVEUSE
“The movie, with its vehemently anti-pop orientation, sets up a hidden cultural aristocracy that burrows, termite-like, through the history of art to deliver the highest treasures surreptitiously, communicating secretly with the other sanguinary hipsters while satisfying the vulgar zombie clamor.”
Photograph by Sandro Kopp/Sony Pictures Classics.