Dec 102012
 

In the midst of finals, Jonah records an epic cross-campus journey to the University of Waterloo’s Dana Porter Library. Not to be missed, hand-held cinéma vérité, but nonetheless, yes, a mythic journey for all its realism — through a maze, into the dark & drenched elements of Middle Earth at dawn (6 a.m. — note if possible the tower/goal lit up in the distant skyline) where mysterious beasts are encountered, toward the LIGHT! Adding to the dystopian strangeness is, of course, the complete lack of other people as though the campus had been struck with a neutron bomb and the camera-holder were the last man alive. Thick with allegory and symbolism not to mention implicit culture criticism (no one else is going to the library), the film presents the melancholy & pessimistic view of a man caught Laocoön-like[1] in the throes of, well, yes, finals.

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  4 Responses to “Walking to the Library: Video — Jonah Glover”

  1. Disturbing, demoralizing, and deeply dystopic. With only the Goose Guide of Awareness to reflect Jonah’s struggle, we learn that life in the suburbs has not changed since the 70s. This could have come from my own archives. I hope exams are over.

    • I hadn’t thought of “the Goose Guide of Awareness” — that’s very good.

      Of course, the irony is deep. Jonah actually loves Waterloo and the walk to the library. And what does it say about someone who gets up before 6 a.m. to go to the library?

  2. Jonah is the only college student I’ve ever heard of who rolls out of bed voluntarily before noon.

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