I was 11 years old, standing in line for the school cafeteria, on the cusp of my elementary school graduation, and suddenly a thought popped into my head. Y ou know fully and entirely who you are, my year-old brain said. You understand the world. And even if some future self tells you otherwise, always remember what you know at this very moment, right now.
The Last of the Year-Old Virgins - Electric Literature
Pacino is an old man and we know this by his posture, by the occasional slow-churn froth of his enunciation, by the half-century of movies that seem to exist somewhere on basic cable, permanently, like a constellation. But here, approaching midnight, with needy friends in the lobby and A Schedule and Commitments, he is still skidding around with what you could describe as a fucking appetite for these sort of moments. Pacino plays King Herod, whom he portrays with a blubbering, infantile petulance. Herod spends the play slouching in a throne and howling for more wine, pleading with his stepdaughter played by Jessica Chastain to take her clothes off.
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This was at least 35 years ago and I was a young reporter in Waco, Texas. Did we worry about unlikable characters in ? Perusing the bookstore, I glimpsed a paperback whose cover appeared to be a detail from an oil painting.