Silly me made a bet of sorts with my friends that I can refrain from making any sexual comments (even innuendo) for a week. Watch. Me. Lose. Actually, to my great advantage I'll only see my friends approximately 2 days out of the next 7 thanks to the New Mexico conference. Jeremy mentioned my "obnoxious little sexual comments" which is what brought this on. I can make all the sexual comments on my blog that I want, so I say, "Jeremy, kiss my tookus." And I mean that with sincere admiration and the highest esteem. And good luck teaching tomorrow (which will probably be today when you read this).
So I'm thinking of a paper to write over Donnie Darko. Most will think I'm nutty as a fruitcake for writing about a movie, but I'm a grad student and writer, and film falls into the English category, so watch me go.
This is the key:
Deus ex machina (deus ex māchinā, plural deī ex māchinīs) originated with Greek and Roman theater, when a mechane would lower actors playing a god or gods on stage to resolve a hopeless situation. Thus, "god comes from the machine". The phrase deus ex machina has been extended to refer to any resolution to a story which does not pay due regard to the story's internal logic and is so unlikely it challenges suspension of disbelief; allowing the author to conclude the story with an unlikely, but more palatable ending.
But more importantly:
The notion of Deus ex machina can also be applied to a revelation within a story experienced by a character, narrator, etc, which involves the individual realizing that the complicated, sometimes perilous or mundane and perhaps seemingly unrelated sequence of events leading up to this point in the story are joined together by some profound concept. Thus the unexpected and timely intervention is aimed at the meaning of the story rather than a physical event in the plot.
So much to think about. Move along. I'm doing this for my own good so I don't forget it.