From our feature, issue 1/6/09

What the fuck is the point of this story?

Comment by Eric
from Minneapolis

It's about a woman getting raped and her husband having to grapple with his desire for revenge. It would make a great movie.

Comment by Did you read it?
from Minneapolis

Sounds like this guy is being duped. Sounds like she always played close to the edge and got burned—again. The husband deserves better if you ask me. It's the old "I don't remember what happened" shtick. Well, man, go ahead and write the letter you won't send, fantasize about revenge while remaining impotent. Don't worry, she'll go along with it—you are her doormat, after all.

Comment by Donal
from Las Vegas

The guy basically went through a range of emotions toward his wife being raped by a coward, and deciding not to exact old-school punishment onto someone who probably deserves a good beating.

Comment by Mobius
from Sleepy Eye

For fuck's sake, it's the same insensitivity and apathy shown by you that perpetuates the sick attitudes shown in this story. Go ahead, put on your guard and feel nothing for someone who was dealt a shitty hand starting from her attic at age seven. Remove yourself from her story and build your facade, since you apparently have it all. The story is about grace and being able to hold onto it regardless of the circumstances. Bill could have left her long before, but he knew her past from their beginning. He held on when you may have fled. Did it work? Maybe. But he did make a promise to her, and even though he knew she was high when he made it, he kept it and didn't leave her. What a better story of hope in a "fake empire" than we see regularly from our daily news.

Comment by David
from Frisco CO

Wow. Excellent piece.

Comment by Andy
from Minneapolis

As a partner of an incest survivor, I have a lot of empathy for Bill. Kudos to you, Bill, for respecting your wife's wishes and not perpetuating the cycle of violence by going after Rick. My only concern is that Ella is still working with Rick. She's already been re-traumatized; being in contact with him in any way is not going to help her heal. Get the hell out of there, Ella. For your own sake, and your family's.

Comment by S
from Minneapolis

Response to: "Is 3D a Cure-All for an Ailing Film Economy?" (12/30/08)

I think it's funny that anyone in a big position of power in Hollywood would actually think whirligigs like 3D are going to boost ticket sales at the box office. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly we forget our history and thus the inevitable cycle of repetition. They tried this in the '50s along with Cinemascope and even producers like Castle having nurses on standby in case the creature feature would induce a heart attack on a poor audience member overwhelmed by terror (granted, to a lesser but much more entertaining degree). It was a gimmick then and it remains so now. What we are in, I believe, is an exciting pre-evolutionary step. Movies must adapt to the audience and it will be in content, the places films are willing to go, building on the mystery that is marketing, making these films must-see at the theater on the day of release. In the '60s it was a younger generation getting its voice heard. But with the breakdown of such stringent generational gaps thanks to the internet—maybe not solely the internet, but an overall kind of overdosing of media—what voice will lead the next wave and what form will it take? I think it will be two-dimensional but infinitely more expansive.

Comment by John
from West Chester

In 1999, film editor Dean Goodhill invented Maxivision 48. This is a film projector where the machine runs at 48 frames per second, twice as fast as the normal 24 fps. Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert has seen a sample Maxivision 48 film and has said, "It looks four times better than the usual film image seen in movie theaters today." It would not cost much to upgrade to Maxivision 48, but nothing has happened since it was invented 10 years ago. Given a choice between 3D, (one of the most useless special effects ever invented!), and an image four times better than the one currently shown, I would go with Maxivision 48 in a nanosecond. No wonder fewer and fewer people are seeing films at the cinema.

Comment by Benst
from Albany

And we had those 3D goggles to watch Jaws. Afterward we used them as props when re-enacting Star Trek episodes (I was seven years old, okay?). I concur that this is but a gimmick to make up for everything else wrong with a movie. The only D that will ever save a Vin Diesel movie is a cup size.

Comment by Louis
from Johannesburg

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