Sunday, 13 January 2019

The Favourite

"Let us race Lobsters and then Eat Them."

I think this could be the reason for the Hebrew's prohibition on consuming shellfish -

Batman eats lobster by himself  whilst floating around the Bat-cave

Woody Allen and Annie Hall struggle together valiently against a squad of escaped lobsters which are rampaging through her kitchen; when the situation re-occurs towards the end of the film, with a new girlfriend, who refuses to help, just sits there and smokes, it serves to ultimately underline and finally illustrate to Woody Allen that he has lost something truly special - as this is not a woman he can contend with.

The subterranean inn in Pinocchio where The Fox and The Cat meet The Devil is The Red Lobster Inn - a Red Lobster is by definition a victim, otherwise it wouldn't be red;
It's red because it has been cooked, so not only is it a victim, it's a un-willing victim.

The Virgin (played by Mena Sauvari) in American Beauty, when trying to chat-up and seduce her best friend's father, speaks of weekly family meals at Red Lobster.

Women are Circular,
Men are Linear

“A lobster with high levels of serotonin and low levels of octopamine is a cocky, strutting sort of shellfish, much less likely to back down when challenged. This is because serotonin helps regulate postural flexion. A flexed lobster extends its appendages so that it can look tall and dangerous, like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti Western. 

When a lobster that has just lost a battle is exposed to serotonin, it will stretch itself out, advance even on former victors, and fight longer and harder.  The drugs prescribed to depressed human beings, which are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have much the same chemical and behavioural effect. In one of the more staggering demonstrations of the evolutionary continuity of life on Earth, Prozac even cheers up lobsters. 

High serotonin/ low octopamine characterizes the victor. The opposite neurochemical configuration, a high ratio of octopamine to serotonin, produces a defeated-looking, scrunched-up, inhibited, drooping, skulking sort of lobster, very likely to hang around street corners, and to vanish at the first hint of trouble. Serotonin and octopamine also regulate the tail-flick reflex, which serves to propel a lobster rapidly backwards when it needs to escape. 

Less provocation is necessary to trigger that reflex in a defeated lobster. You can see an echo of that in the heightened startle reflex characteristic of the soldier or battered child with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

"Let us race Lobsters and then Eat Them."

No comments:

Post a comment