Larry Underwood and Realism

I’m going to write about Stephen King’s The Stand tonight.  I do want to write a thirtieth, final post on Stephen King’s IT, but I’ll save that for a future date, since I’m not in the mood to look for references right now.

Last night, I read chapter 5, which is about Larry Underwood, who wrote the hit-song, “Baby Can You Dig Your Man?”  Larry tries to think of some formula to which he can attribute his success, since he wants to maintain it.  But his friend essentially tells him that he’ll be a one-hit wonder, and this is not out of jealousy for Larry, for Larry’s friend himself has lots of money.  Rather, the friend wants Larry to come down to earth, for Larry is spending lots of money on drugs and parties for his alleged friends, before Larry has even seen some of the money for his album, and the amount of that money doesn’t keep up with the amount that Larry is spending.

I myself would like to come up with a formula for success.  But not all success can be replicated, for there is success that is the result of luck.  Still, it’s good to strategize, based on what consumers want, for example.

On Larry’s friend, I don’t like others to put me and my dreams down.  It’s good to dream.  But it’s also important for me to be realistic about where I am right now—before many of my dreams have come to pass—and to avoid making irresponsible decisions.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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