Owl City's Adam Young: An Ambrose Bierce story inspired my name
Following a brief book report about anti-Nazi theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer earlier this month, Young clearly is doing his best to contrast his glistening sci-fi sound and lyrics with commentary more grounded in grim reality.
During a brief stint at Riverland Community College in his hometown, Young says he was assigned to read Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." The story was originally published in 1890, and tells the Civil War tale of Peyton Farquhar, a man condemned to hang from the bridge after being pegged as a Confederate Army supporter. In 1962, this was adapted as a short French film, La Rivière du hibou, directed by Robert Enrico.
It wasn't until later that I discovered the 1962 French film adaptation that ended up changing my general outlook, my frame of mind, my point of perspective, and my entire life from that moment on. It was a hammer between the eyes and I remember driving my white beat-up 92′ Caravan to work at Coke with tears in my eyes because of the ironic and obvious spiritual comparisons between my life and the impact of the story.Without spoiling too many details from the story, let's just say that Young feels that he can relate to the Farquhar character because "all I have left is a little bit of time." Here's the 23-minute film:
Read it for yourself or watch the film if you wish to draw your own conclusions. I find both totally inspiring and incredibly powerful. The film is one of the most beautiful pieces of cinema I've ever seen.
Read Young's entire posting here.
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