On Twitter yesterday I came across the trailer for Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, and I noticed this poster of the Milky Way with the caption “YOU ARE HERE” tacked to his wall. It reminded me of the Hubble photograph in the Seinfeld writer’s room and the astronomer’s perspective. Later in the trailer:
DAVID LYNCH: How would you describe yourself?
HARRY DEAN STANTON: There’s nothing. There is no self.
LYNCH: How would you like to be remembered?
STANTON: It doesn’t matter.
The significant detail the transcript doesn’t show you: He was smiling when he said it.