James Taranto wryly notes that “Life Imitates the Movies“:
“You’ve proved to me that all this ultra-violence and killing is wrong, wrong, and terribly wrong. I’ve learned my lesson, sir. I see now what I’ve never seen before. I’m cured, praise God! . . . I see that it’s wrong! It’s wrong because it’s like against society. It’s wrong because everybody has the right to live and be happy without being tolchocked and knifed.”–Alex de Large (Malcolm McDowell) in “A Clockwork Orange,” 1971 “First, I want to apologize, you know, for all the things that–that I’ve done and that I have allowed to happen. . . . I was ashamed and totally disappointed in myself to say the least. . . . I want to apologize to all the young kids out there for my immature acts and, you know, what I did was, what I did was very immature so that means I need to grow up. . . . I feel like we all make mistakes. It’s just I made a mistake in using bad judgment and making bad decisions. And you know, those things, you know, just can’t happen. Dog fighting is a terrible thing, and I did reject it.”–dogfighting conspirator and erstwhile NFL star Michael Vick, Aug. 27, 2007
As I’ve written before, it’s Anthony Burgess’ world, we just live in it.
(If it’s Stanley Kubrick’s world, I’d sooner live in this one than the one with the Korova Milk Bar.)
Update: Of course, sometimes the Ludovico Treatment fails…