This is the first draft of a psychological study by Mr. Blue about Bill Kitchen's sojourn into solitude and discovery as he embarks on a year-long stay as the lighthouse keeper on a small island off the coast of Maine. A beautiful setting for a lighthouse is still a perilous proposition in wintertime, but Bill Kitchen has proven countless times that he is up to daunting challenges. This piece was edited in one session by Sean, starting at 3pm on Friday Nov. 18 and ending at 10:30 am the following morning, on Saturday Nov. 19. A one-hour meal break means the editing chair was occupied 18.5 hours. Bill's experience in Maine (and his entertainment connections in NYC) meant that reality TV could not be far away, and sure enough the glitzy glimmer of National Geographic, desperate for an audience, turned its eye on Bill to re-create a reality they could never capture, and an odd sort of echo has been created of his experience as the Lightkeeper of the Little River Lighthouse. There might not be Melville to make a whale of his experience on that island, but it should be treated as a genuine American exploration of the inner spirit, which Bill risked in utter isolation, both physical and psychic; instead we get the fakery of NatGeo. Blue's second installment of this study, The Loss of Time (Part 2: The Spring), is imagined but unlikely ever to exist, since he always thinks there is something better or more poignant to do.

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