Tuesday, April 25, 2006
No gold stars for you
No one earned a gold star for identifying the origin of the phrase, "The Horror! The horror!" I'm a little surprised, but I chalk it up to the prize not being worth the effort of typing. Alas, for the days when I was a schoolchild and a gold star on the forehead was what I lived for!
"The horror! The horror!" are Kurtz's final words in Joseph Conrad's terrific short novel Heart of Darkness. And they are Colonel Kurtz's final words, as spoken by Marlon Brando, in the movie that Francis Ford Coppola based on Heart of Darkness, only he called it Apocalypse Now.
Now you know....