Darkness at the Edge of Town

This week unintentionally seems to be something of a Bruce Springsteen fest. Yesterday morning I went to see an Italian film set in New York called Hungry Hearts. Of the few plot-lines it was the Romeo and Juliet of doomed lovers and JTO has just got the latest book by a favoured author of hers, titled ‘Dancing in the Dark‘ – by Karl Ove Knausgaard. I am typing this listening to my favourite Springsteen album which gives this post its title.

The film starts with the embarrassing situation of a couple stuck in a restaurant toilet after he has done a particularly stinky pooh. Clearly it is not a problem as they spend the night together. As I said they go on to develop a relationship and then she gets pregnant. I won’t go on as I do not want to spoil it for anyone who might want to see it. It was produced by Italian broadcaster RAI from an Italian book which was transposed to New York and given a Bruce Springsteen song as a title, whether that was deliberate or a coincidence I do not know. Here’s the song:

There was no connection between the two events but this week Mr Amazon came round on his bike and delivered the new book  from Karl Ove Knausgaard – I did not know anything about him until recently but today I received as a gift a copy of the first of the six volume series, ‘A Death in the Family’. Ironically there hangs the tale of another coincidence as today I saw a Norwegian film ‘1001 Grammes’ (trailer) which is also worth seeing, a gently developing tale about a recently divorced woman in the world of weights and measures, I did say it wasn’t an action film! For those who don’t remember the Bruce Springsteen song it was one of his biggest its in the 80’s:

Darkness at the Edge of Town‘ was the Springsteen album which got attention at the end of the seventies but has long been overshadowed by its predecessor ‘Born to Run’ which gave him a massive worldwide critical and popular hit and the tow albums led on to his massive success in the 1980’s, giving the titles to the film and the book. Here’s the title track:

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