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The banal and the weird hold hands: Errol Morris

Over at the Errol Morris homestead, he’s kindly posted his Believer conversation with Adam Curtis, iggypops37_84.jpgdirector of The Power of Nightmares, “the documentary film which asks the question “Did Johnny Mercer bring down the World Trade Center?” Curtis says, “Last night on television someone who was pro-the Iraq war was saying that the alliance between the insurgents in Iraq and the foreign fighters is the equivalent of the Nazi-Soviet pact and that that’s what we’re really fighting against. It’s all so weird. That the men who sit in neon-lit rooms with very nicely done tables and who question you and tell you things, are actually weird.” Morris replies, “Yeah. Well, as we all know, the banal and the weird are not incompatible.” Curtis: “That’s the whole point—that’s what’s so fascinating about our time. The banal and the weird are one and the same thing.” Morris: “Yes. They hold hands.” Bonus!: Morris has posted his 2002 Oscar mini-movie here.

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