Episode 222: Portrait of The Artist as An Old Man Coming to Visit Himself as A Young Man

The Overthinkers tackle Looper, written and directed by Rian Johnson, Starring Joseph "Gordonian Knot" Levitt and Bruce Willis.

Ben Adams, Peter Fenzel, and Mark Lee, David Shechner, Jordan Stokes, and Matthew Wrather overthink Looper, Directed by Rian Johnson, starring Joseph “Gordonian Knot” Levitt and Bruce Willis.

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Further Reading

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Looper
Wallace Stevens

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the looper.

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three loopers.

The looper whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a looper
Are one.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The looper whistling
Or just after.

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the looper
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.

O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the looper
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the looper is involved
In what I know.

When the looper flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

At the sight of loopers
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For loopers.

The river is moving.
The looper must be flying.

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The looper sat
In the cedar-limbs.