murray asks a wonderful, necessary, very important question or set of questions . . . i can only offer my own very personal, perhaps even idiosyncratic answer i got into this whole messy humanist/intellectual/academic racket in the first place because [as an adolescent] i sensed that some things mattered much more than others, and that some people had some insight into what mattered, and why, that i myself did not have . . . and it drove me absolutely bananas that i didn't understand this stuff, whatever it was . . . so i kept plugging at it, trying to figure out more specifically what it was that i didn't understand and how i might get some "wisdom" [for so it seemed to me] about it . . . and i kept going at this long enough that someone gave me a degree and then i was caput and had no choice but to start teaching . . . but the driving agenda all the time has remained exactly the same: to understand what matters, and why [it's probably for that reason that stuff that obviously doesn't matter, at least in terms of the kinds of values i care about, stuff that aims at "mere entertainment," elicits less anxiety for i don't feel in danger of being misled . . . but when something aspires to--or pretends to--a higher kind of achievement i start worrying mike frank ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.