Sunday, February 1, 2009
Nit picking the Super Bowl live
One of the most famous quotes of F. Scott Fitzgerald is "There are no second acts in American lives." A lot of people think this means there are no second chances in American lives, but that is a silly misreading of the structure of dramas. The first act is where characters are introduced, the second act is full of setbacks and troubles, the third act is where everything is resolved and, usually, the hero prevails.
Some sideline bimbo I don't recognize on NBC brought up Kurt Warner talking about his second chance to win a Super Bowl, but Warner's second act was really all the troubles he had before he made it to the NFL.
Let me say two things.
1. There are plenty of American lives that have had second acts, even in the 18th and 19th Centuries, so Fitzgerald was better at writing and drinking than he was at reading history.
2. A second chance is NOT a second act. A second chance is more likely to happen in the third act.
Please read this post before discussing Fitzgerald's quote again. Thank you for your kind attention.