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There’s a wonderful scene in “Moon Lake” in which the children are arguing over Easter’s name.  She spells it out, and it is spelled “Esther,” but she insists that she is called “Easter.”  Jinny Love and Nina try to tell her she can’t do that.  Her name can only be hers as it is spelled.  Jinny Love says, “Spell it right, and it’s real.”  Like nothing can be real if it isn’t spelled write.  It’s a brilliant commentary on the relationship between text and reality, between perception and text…all told through the mouths of babes.

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