David Foster Wallace

You Just Don't Turn It Off: 24 digressions about "First Blood"

You Just Don't Turn It Off: 24 digressions about "First Blood"

1. I have a scratchy stick-and-poke on my arm that reads, "they drew first blood, not me." It's what John Rambo (played with Marlon Brando-esque mumbling aplomb by Sylvester Stallone) says toward the end of the 1982 movie "First Blood," once he has been chased into the woods by longhair-hating cops and stalked by the National Guard after a self-loathing sheriff profiles him, puts him in jail, and all the rest. I like the line not because it's "bad-ass" but because it's petulant and child-like―"they started it," pretty much. This is what "First Blood" is about: How violence and war are terrible and childish but irresistible to some and...

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