:::From this morning’s writing journal:::

“New idea of the day inspired by a current headline:

THRILLER: A man, blinded in an accident, has his vision restored through artificial means (science, not crystals.) But the resulting hybrid provides far more than he bargained for. he can see an entire, sinister world that coexists with our own.

Anyway, that’s my toss-off idea for the day. It’s a ghost story. A cautionary tale about our ability to meddle with life, and our penchant for acting on that ability. I suppose it’s been done before, and I suppose it could be applied to all of the senses. Hearing and Sight are the best candidates, as the visible and the auditory are most easily manipulated in film. Hmm…perhaps not ALL the senses would work. You could turn the idea into a comedy by using the sense of taste…

COMEDY: A man, rendered tasteless by an accident, has his taste restored through artificial means. But the resulting hybrid proves to be a nightmare.He becomes ultra-sensitive to bad hairstyles, loud ties and mismatched socks. Tragically, he has a coronary while on vacation in Las Vegas.

Anyway, it’s an idea. The sense of touch provides some interesting ideas. What are the potential drawbacks of regaining the sense of touch after, say, being paralyzed? What are the thematic implications? Numbness to hypersensitivity. Apathy to emotion. So vision: can one have the use of one’s eyes and be totally “blind”? Of course. Woody Allen explored the themes of vision and blindness beautifully in Crimes and Misdemeanors. And what about hearing? The character of Henry Leyden in Black House is blind, but his hearing is so acute that he can discern the entire subtext of an overheard conversation without actually seeing the participants. The reverse of that? If one were deaf, could he or she develop a sense of vision far beyond normal? Does a deaf person learn to pick up visual cues beyond the ability of the average person? What is average? And for that matter, what is person? Who am I? Do I exist? Bye-bye.”

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