Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift



Mickey: “What are we waiting for? Take us!” -Rocky II (1979)


Hospital bedside … Adrian: “You look so tired.¬†Why don’t you go home and get some sleep …” Rocky: “No, no. I feel great, I feel great.¬†Listen, you know, I was thinking, if you don’t want me mixin’ with Creed no more we can make out some other way, you know?” Adrian: “There’s just one thing […]


Sitting across from one another in a bar … Professor Petrovsky: Michael, do you mind if I tell you a story? Mike McDermott (nodding): Please. Petrovsky: For generations, the men of my family have been rabbis in Israel, before that in Europe. This was to be my calling. I was quite a prodigy. I was […]


Pat: “This is what I learned at the hospital. You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” –Silver Linings Playbook (2012)


Harry Doyle: “That brings up [Clu] Heywood, who leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair.” –Major League (1989)


Gloria: “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs.” –White Men Can’t Jump […]


Ricky Vaughn: “I got news for you, Mr. Brown, you haven’t heard the last of me. You may think I’m shit now, but someday you’re gonna be sorry you cut me. I’m gonna catch on somewhere else and every time that I pitch against you … I’m gonna stick it up … your fuckin’ ass!” […]


Pat: “The only way you could beat my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself. Thank you. I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.” –Silver Linings Playbook (2012)


Pat Sr.: “Let me tell, I know you don’t want to listen to your old man, I didn’t listen to mine, and I’m telling you you gotta pay attention this time. When life reaches out at a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, I’m telling you it’s a sin if […]