In 1965 I was in the Army in Germany, and my former boss at the Ector County Library sent me a hot-off-the-press copy of Dune. What I should have done was wrap that first edition in layers of plastic and put it aside so that twenty or forty years later I could have sold it for big bucks.

But no, what I did was devote all my waking off-duty hours to it until I’d finished. And then reread it. And continued rereading it for decades while I read all of Herbert’s sequels. So yes, I’m a dedicated Dune fan.

And then, in 1984, I watched David Lynch’s flawed movie with a mixture of enjoyment and disappointment, thinking that well, maybe it’s impossible to make a good movie of such a complex, sprawling work; but parts of it sure were excellent.

So you can imagine my excitement when I learned last year that Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune is due to be released on December 18, 2020. OK, I thought when I heard this, now I must take care of myself, at least until then.

Then recently in new comments on the pandemic, Dr. Fauci said that people might begin to feel comfortable going back to theaters by late next year, assuming that a vaccine has been widely deployed. Not soon enough, I thought.

The problem is that I don’t realistically expect to live all that much longer; and if the film were released before I’m vaccinated, I’ll be sorely tempted to let seeing the film on the big screen be my cause of death.

I’m not entirely sure I’m joking.

Besides, that Call Me By Your Name scene in which Timothée Chalamet violates a peach (see fan reaction) is so burned into my mind that eagerness to see his performance as Paul Atreides is just another reason for my impatience.

Meanwhile, here’s a pair of interesting doors on Valencia:

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  1. Alvis Hendley
    Posted 28 September 2020 at 09:24 | Permalink

    I’m familiar with the massacre of Bezier. Bill Carney mused about it one night when we were on LSD. Bob and I visited Bezier several years ago. Only recently did I learn about the Vietnam connection – the impossibility of distinguishing between allies and insurgents. You might find this interesting.


    • Posted 2 October 2020 at 11:45 | Permalink

      I thank you for your comment. That link is an excellent account of the Béziers massacre, particularly for the Vietnam connection of which I was unaware.

  2. Carol
    Posted 2 October 2020 at 09:01 | Permalink

    Nice to see your posting….think I will have to watch “Dune”…also your door shots. Not too much to report from over here on the hill..
    If you have Netflix highly, highly recommend the documentary “My Octopus My Friend”…a lovely story and amazing photography…think I need to watch it again..
    Maybe one of these days things will return to whatever normal is and we can have lunch.

    • Posted 2 October 2020 at 11:46 | Permalink

      I look forward to a return to normalcy and seeing you. Let’s crank out a vaccine.

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