Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Outtakes"- Matt Fowle

The focus of a nameless figure in the 'background' under the label of an 'usher' captured my attention. I liked the paralellism between the film and the theatre. I got the meaning that each story, no matter how 'insignificant', has emotion, complex characters, and unique circumstances under which the story is set.

In the story "Outtakes", the Usher captured my attention. The short story describes the circumstances under which the boy received a job at the theatre. It manages to describe a figure without ever acquainting the reader with him. I thought this characterization was unique, subtle, and effective. A passage I thought 'shined' was

"So he became nocturnal, a member of a secret society that knew itself exiled from the screen, but like outtakes remained part of the movie"

I liked this passage because it presents the theme of this short story, which is the soul of the unseen.


  1. You seem to have a really good understanding of the story and you offered a lot of insightful ideas.

  2. yea i agree it seems like this character is almost like a nameless hero. you dont know who he is, but you know that he really does the best he can at his job. He may not be the key to running the theater but that doesnt mean his job isnt significant