Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thoughts on bifurcations, aka GROUNDHOG DAY!

Last week when we were discussing Borges's story "The Garden of Forking Paths," we talked about the idea of bifurcation, of a choice of paths where something goes one way or another. In Borges's imagined fictional form, all possibilities happen simultaneously, although in any given timeline, of course, only one possibility can manifest. Oh, I am thinking about Tuesday night's season premiere of Lost so very much here! And appreciated the New York Times interactive timeline of Lost with exec producers' audio discussion of time travel, all pertinent to our current inquiry into linear and nonlinear storytelling, which you can see here. More on all of this, soon, but I wanted to share this link now. And remember to watch the film Groundhog Day before Tuesday's class. The possible future in which we have not all seen it does not have as fantastic a class discussion in it as the one in which we all have :)

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