Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Recently, in conversation with a young friend, I used a quote from a movie and I was surprised that he did not "get" the reference.  I asked, "You've never seen that movie?"  He said that he hadn't and that he didn't even like movies.  

I was in disbelief and thought,  "HOW could anyone NOT like movies?", but rather than asking that, I asked, "So you don't like ANY movies?" He answered,, "No, I don't understand why people are so gung-ho about movies."  I asked, "Are you just generalizing or is it that you don't like certain genres?"   Knowing that he had an interest in politics, crime, mysteries, and that he enjoyed seeing plays, I couldn't help myself and asked, "Even documentaries or Broadway adaptations?"  He reiterated that he didn't like ANY movies.  

Knowing that he liked to see musical plays, I asked, "Do you like music?" He answered that he did and seemed bewildered that I would ask.

I said, "I was fearful you also suffered from ANHEDONIA!" He asked, "What's that?" I told him that was the term for people who do not like music.  I said, "I don't know if there's a word for people who don't like movies;  maybe anti-cineaste would be apt."

He asked, incredulously, "How could anybody not like music?" 


He said, "I don't get it."  I answered, "You know that "point-counterpoint" is a term used in debates and counterpoint is  musical term and since I made a point comparing not liking movies and music......."  I discontinued my thought when I saw that he wasn't understanding my humor and I said, "Oh, Hell, if I must explain the witticism, then it is futile!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ANHEDONIA--now how can I throw that into a conversation? ML