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The novelist Tom Robbins watched movies at the theater in Warsaw, Va., where we live. It’s the white building on the right. The theater burned down in the ’50s and after TV entered the picture nobody thought to build it back.

In 1946 Robbins watched the Natalie Wood movie Tomorrow is Forever there, and while realizing it was a “Hollywood tear pump” wrote: “I sensed the world in me and me in the world, felt fundamentally connected, saw the many as all and the all as the one; one and all bobbing along forever and ever in an unending, indestructible river of tears and tickles, breath and meat.”

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