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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #302: Dune

06.3.15

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations,
their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.

On the sixth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Dune



So the David Lynch movie was kind of a mess. Most people can agree on that much. And there was also that
TV miniseries version, which was at least coherent, but might have played it too safe to really be memorable?
(we don't really remember much of it, anyway) And of course there was the 14-hour adaptation that Alejandro
Jodorowsky never made, which is probably far better in the mind than it would have ever been on film.

But that's the sort of tricky thing with adaptations: the more vividly things take shape in your mind, the further
you may drift from the source material. The version that you know and perhaps care about deeply is not the
version that other people know and perhaps care about deeply. So somebody, maybe everybody, will end up
disappointed.

Now if this is all sounding like a rather grim little argument against the very idea of artistic vision, let us assure
you that it is not. What we are getting at here is this: when so many have gone up against the sandworms and
failed, what makes us think that we will fare any better? Well, perhaps we won't. But since we know of no
other instances of this particular novel being adapted as a bicycle ride, we can confidently say that this will be
both the best and the worst such adaptation that we know of.

At the very least, we promise that we will not add any silly ray guns. Also no appearances by Sting. Sorry if
that disappoints you.

(nearly 40 miles; pretty flat; short bits of off-roading)

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