After I had eaten the small portion which sufficed to fill my stomach halfway, Brother David casually mentioned his belief that it was an offense against God to leave food uneaten on the table. This was particularly the case when such a great restaurant had so clearly been placed in our path as a special grace. David was a slim man and a monk, so I found it hardly credible that he followed this precept generally. But he continued to eat so much that I felt good manners, if not actual spiritual guidance, required me to imitate his example. I filled my belly for the first time in a year.
Great essay! I, too, think it should have won. Very impressive writing with wonderful insights. Part of me wonders if the student(s) who go to Yale and USC will venture far enough from their ivory towers get the point of this essay. The thing that scares me most about those and other “elite” institutions is the constant reinforcement of the status quo, or if you will, the fear of breaking from the “narrative”–and one could hear it in their essays. The winner, Mr. Handler, tries to avoid this by calling it “pastiche.” Sadly, his voice and essay fail to break from the elite-produced, status-quo-reinforcing narrative and “…[put] it into our own words.” If you want to live in a post-narrative world, stop reinforcing it and the institutions that produce them with trite essays. Bravo Liz on doing what the winner couldn’t!
"I don't want to live in a world without lions, and without people who are lions," he says in "Burden of Dreams." At the darkest hour in "Fitzcarraldo," when Robards fell sick and he had to abandon four months of shooting, Herzog returned to get more backing from investors. They had heard he was finding it impossible to get the ship up the mountain, and asked if it would not be wiser to take his losses and quit. His reply: "How can you ask this question? If I abandon this project, I will be a man without dreams, and I don't want to live like that. I live my life or I end my life with this project." With Herzog, that has often been the case.