Gaddis saw something else happening. A denouement. A decay. He writes about the decline of art into “usefulness.” Art becomes a product. It becomes therapy. It becomes sociological catalogues of oppression.
Scott Beauchamp writes about the first time he saw a dead body in Iraq, his experience reading the Stoics during combat, and his later turn to a philosophy capable of responding to injustice.
GRAVITY fails in a very American way: the lone individual triumphs over nature, energized by her sense of self-value. Americans have a history of bringing our own banalities into space with us.