“I MET Death today.” I remember now: it is from a scene in Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal that I have watched numerous times, and written about in this column before.
It is a dark story. Antonius Block, a medieval knight, is riding a horse from distant Jerusalem to his castle in Sweden. He is returning from the Crusades, disappointed in God and confused. He is exhausted.
Along the way, he and his squire, Jon...