Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Sometimes there are books or movies that capture your soul at a time when your soul is available to be caught. In 2003, right before the initial push into Iraq, I was in Kuwait waiting for orders to come down from the big brass. I would spend my days on extra duty and my nights cracking open any book I could find on post. I wanted to distance myself from my own forgettable existence and into the delightful elegance of a sweet novella. I wanted to distance myself from reality but at the same time I wanted a story that I could grab me by the shirt collar and drive me into a life unlike my own. Incidentally this was about the same time that I imagined myself as Sam from Quantum Leap. If you have never seen Quantum Leap, I can only explain it in the terms of its opening sequence. As follows:

One of the few gems that I found in the box of randoms was a book called Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. From the first moment I pealed open the front page until the moment that I flipped to the back cover I felt a deep, personal connection to it. I felt as thought I had lived as Chuck Barris in a previous life.

A few months went by and my deployment lagged on. I was pulled into a hundred different directions all seemingly at the same time.

When I finally returned home I found out that the book that I had read had been adapted into a film starring George Clooney, Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore. However, the real key to the film for me was the fact that Charlie Kaufman, an incredible writer, had written the screenplay (later Kaufman distanced himself from it).

I immediately purchased the movie at a local store and watched it at home while my newborn attempted to take her first steps.

The movie in a single word is excellent. It is one of my favorite films of all times and watch it at least once a year. I assure you that if you like movies and aren’t a complete tool than you will like this movie. Or maybe I am wrong. I was wrong about new coke.


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