Our Town — Not Boring

Am I the last person to know that the Internet Archive has movies?? I have an urge to see the movie Our Town. I caught a few minutes of it a few weeks back, and now I must watch the whole thing. While looking for listings or downloads I discovered that I can watch it online right now, at the Internet Archive.

I will never forget the first time I saw the play. It was in grade school and I thought it was boring-est boring thing in the whole universe of boring things. I couldn’t believe I was made to sit through it. It was a world gone mad, as far as I was concerned at the time, that anyone would think this thing was worth watching. Were they just tryng this to torture us?

Then I read the play, fairly recently, maybe ten years ago. It’s now one of my favorite things to read. The ending of the movie version is absolutely insane. It makes all that came before it make no sense! It robs it of all poignancy and meaning. But the movies is so well done otherwise I forgive it, and just blur out the ending.

A window I liked on St. Mark’s Place. I love the great big pile of baby dolls


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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