Monday, October 3, 2011

The Only Solution For Greece

Yes, that's a piano in the woods.
A deus ex machina (Latin for "god out of the machine") is a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object. It comes to English usage from Horace's Ars Poetica, where he instructs poets that they must never resort to a god from the machine to solve their plots. He refers to the conventions of Greek tragedy, where a crane was used to lower actors playing gods onto the stage. The machine referred to in the phrase could be either the crane employed in the task, or the riser that brought a god up from a trap door. The idea is that the device of said god is entirely artificial or conceived by man.  Sometimes, the unlikeliness of the deus ex machina plot device is employed deliberately. For example, an offbeat scene in The Life of Brian involves Brian, who lives in Judea in 33AD, being rescued from a high fall by a passing spaceship.  A deus ex machina is generally undesirable in writing and often implies a lack of creativity on the part of the author.  There is also a Russian expression, "a piano in the bushes," which has a similar meaning: an artificial plot twist, clumsy, obviously pre-prepared "accident".  (Wikipedia)

The Good News:  I'm on the road for a couple of days, more on the economy on Wednesday!  Until then, here's hoping Greece is rescued by a deus ex machina - it's their only hope!