Yes, I’m apparently the sort for whom going to a movie theatre is generally surreal, like a rift in reality opening up in front of me. All of this sound and fury and construction and scale just to entertain a handful of people with a picture of something called into existence precisely for the occasion? The conceptual architecture of the spectacle is by its nature circular and surreal. Maybe this is why I like Benjamin so much. I don’t think he could entirely suspend disbelief either.
It’s been quite a while since I did the theatre thing, actually—at least a year. Not a bad sensation. But certainly a very specific kind of sensation.