Okay, I admit it: I'm one of those terrible, terrible nerds that spread the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game like a cold sore. Or, at least, I used to be. You have to understand: it was high school, and IMDB was in its infancy, and I had a head for the stuff. It was, sad as it seems, impressive at one point in time to be able to link Fred Savage to Mr. Bacon in just a couple of steps.

It's baffling there's a coffee table book coming out, called Degrees, commemorating (if even in an abstract way) my teenage nerd hobby.  But if it's going to happen, I guess it makes sense that the God-like catalyst of the whole deal has stepped up to write the afterword. The Guardian has excerpted Bacon's comments from the book, which comes out on October 6, and it's worth a read, if only through eye gear specially designed to protect from the powerful rays of Big Star Pseudo-Humility. "[T]hrough the years I have learned to tolerate and sometimes embrace the idea. People have asked me if I consider it an honour," Bacon writes. "And if we take me out of the equation, it is a beautiful concept. If we could remember that every one of us on this planet is connected through six degrees of separation, that we all climbed out of the same swamp, maybe we wouldn't be so quick to rush to war or to turn our backs on our brothers in need."

That's beautiful, Kevin. I think this book came out at the perfect time. Because doesn't the orgy scene in Where the Truth Lies essentially disrupt the entire Six Degrees space-time continuum, fundamentally reducing the challenge of connectivity? If just one more star of A Few Good Men (which was always the quickest path to Bacon) shoots a threesome scene, we're going to need about ten more degrees to do anything interesting. The whole game is about to change!

Good thing I've totally outgrown it.
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