his death is so interesting and important and like

guys I miss Marco

Cucumber 1.06 thoughts: Lance's story vs. history

what’s really important to point out is that this episode is a personal story of one character, his identity, life, and death. but it also inevitably becomes the collective story of a community, a history of gay men (in Britain, in those years). and that’s important and interesting and great, but also… i don’t want to take away from Lance’s story. i don’t want to make Lance’s life and death all about a whole group of people. it’s like he has no choice in representing everyone else, and that’s a bit fucked up. also: Lance so clearly has a unique story, he’s a unique character with his particular experiences, and it’s fucked up to forget that.

so i feel like when i talk about this episode i confuse and blend together the personal and the collective, i can’t help it. when i talk about this episode, i talk about Lance and who is and what happened to him, but - and this is also the nature of this story being told on TV, in this particular context, and maybe the nature of any story - i also think of Lance as a vehicle to represent stuff a lot of humanity goes through. stuff a lot of gay men go through, but also: humanity in its very core. well, of course- it’s an episode about life and death.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
By Jonus Jonasson 

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.