Seeing the Stars

Flipping channels last night I found the Bruce-Willis-saves-earth movie Armageddon, one of summer 1998’s two blockbuster hits featuring an asteroid threatening to End Life As We Know It. (The other is Deep Impact.) A few minutes viewing confirmed my recollection that Armageddon is one of the Ten Most Ridiculous Movies Ever Made. The reasons are many, not counting Willis’s blond hairpiece. Here’s a representative example of Hollywood screenwriting at its most inane: they bring a Gatling gun on their mission to the asteroid? Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be a visual comic book but I knew comic books and Armageddon, you are no comic book.

I switched off television and went outside.  The Maine night was clear and moonless and stars stretched from horizon to horizon.  I rarely notice the night sky at home–there is too much surface light, my head is down, I don’t go outside after dark, whatever–and I could not avoid staring at it here.  I lay back on the deck, eyes wide open, and absorbed the silent spectacle.  A meteor streaked by and disappeared, without the aid of gatling guns or hairpieces.  Glorious.

One thought on “Seeing the Stars”

  1. I live in a very rural town of mom-and-pop shops, the amish, and not a single Starbucks. The sky and the air are by far what I enjoy most when I come home. Just the ability to breathe and gaze into sweet nothingness. I think I only learned to appreciate it once I no longer had it.

    Yay for the boonies!

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