—Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)
Maybe it’s because Marcus Mumford was the co-pilot on this number. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for deep acoustical folk music. But either way, Inside Llewyn Davis strikes a pretty deep chord with me, specifically the one I am most well versed in, melancholy.
That gripping sadness that has seeped into your bones you can’t shake it. Part of you doesn’t even want to. What else would you have without it?
There was one line that perfectly summed up the film for me: “I’m just really tired Jean. At first I thought I just needed a good nights sleep… but it’s more than that. I’ve been tired a long time.”
I know that feeling, I’m sure others do as well. It’s like an anchor you carry with you everywhere you go. Unable, or unwilling to get rid of it. Usually born of pain, heartbreak, or heartache. But always in my heart, which is how it derives its power, its proximity to my soul.
In the end, this is my pain, it defines me, and for better or worse, I want it. I’ll keep wanting it, because when the world takes everything from you, this is all you have left.
And there’s something strangely beautiful about that. Something powerful too.
While most people might use the science of life to demystify death, the late theologian Richard John Neuhaus used death to mystify life.
—This is by far one of my favorite essays of all time. It didn’t quite click for me when I first read it at the age of 18, but I immediately recognized it’s value, and saved it. Every year or so, I come back to it, read it again, think about it once more, and hope to understand it a little better. I will continue to do so, and hope you do as well.
John F. Kennedy’s coffin lies in state beneath the Capitol’s dome, November 1963.Photograph by George F. Mobley, National Geographic