Cry Macho

Cry Macho

"This is a 20th century time machine... Out there, that's the future, and back there, well that's the past. If life's moving too slow, and you wanna project yourself into the future, just step on the gas right here. See? And if you wanna slow 'er down, well hell, you just step on the brake here, and you slow 'er down. This is the present, Philip. Enjoy it while it lasts." -- Butch, A Perfect World

Simple sentiments expressed simply: rejecting machismo for gentleness, letting go of the past to savor the present, stepping outside the self and forming bonds. Even more unadorned than The Mule: there, shrinking frontier Late Western psychology has infiltrated almost every character, all reacting to pressures whose true source is never identified. Here, a response, a relinquishment almost spiritual in nature (Rafo: "Mike, do you believe in god?" Mike: "I don't know, kid. I guess so, yeah."). Listening, looking, learning, even in the twilight.

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