“We thanked each other. It was customary after every exchange. Our thanks were never disingenuous or ironic. We said thanks for getting this done so quickly, thanks for putting in so much effort. We had a meeting and when a meeting was over, we said thank you to the meeting makers for having made the meeting. very rarely did we say anything negative or derogatory about meetings. We all knew there was a good deal of pointlessness to nearly all the meetings and in fact one meeting out of every three or four was nearly perfectly without gain or purpose but many meetings revealed the one thing that was necessary and so we attended them and afterwards we thanked each other” (Joshua Ferris, “Then We Came To The End”, 2007, p. 4).
This needs to be turned into a movie.
It has the same portentous gravitas of Walter Kirn’s “Up in the Air” (disclaimer: Reitman’s adaptation has very little to do with the source code. Which is not a criticism, mind you, I loved the movie. But the book is something else. Entirely)
Anyway. This is where I collect ephemeral cinematic moments: http://matteobittanti.tumblr.com/
…and this is where I collect all kinds of moments: http://www.matteobittanti.org