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We read an article about Florida Man using a live alligator to hold up a convenience store, and we laugh. We laugh because this gator-stick-up is an absurd thing to do. It seems absurd because we can’t imagine how or why a person does something like that. So he’s alien, the other. We relegate him to character status. “He’s a dumb guy.” “He’s crazy.” “That’s just how Florida Man rolls.” Now let’s say we’re called upon to write that scene, put it in a script. We might start with the broad choice: He’s dumb, crazy, Florida Man, etc. But that’s...

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