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In Chapter 1 over on the Woot blog, we met our hero, a Roy Odom. Roy starts to see signs of something more significant in the work of El Arenque Rojo in Chapter 2 on Home.Woot, which leads him to Kids.Woot where, in Chapter 3, he encounters young film scholar, Evelyn Sayer. Chapter 4 on Wine.Woot introduces Dr. Duke, Evelyn's mentor, and ends with all three of the characters thus far planning a journey. That brought us to Shirt.Woot for Chapter 5, where Dr. Duke betrays his companions for scholarly glory. And now, today on Deals.Woot, Chamberlin Duke sits alone…

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When Chamberlin Duke was just a young undergraduate, he had faced a choice. On one side, an entry-level day job, perhaps in the newspaper business. His father had a few contacts who might open the door for a young and eager man, as long as he was willing to wake up before sunrise. But on the other hand… there was education. Chamberlin Duke was courted by every major minor film school, and each one said the same thing: a full scholarship, plus classes don't start till 11am.

Chamberlin Duke chose education. He thought his future was set.

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But now, here he was, watching the sunrise, clutching a small box of VHS tapes in one hand and a cell phone in the other. For three hours he had been on the phone, working his way through the time zones. Japan, China, India, Germany. Moscow, Paris, New York, Chicago. Every publishing house took the call because they knew his name. And every publishing house said the same thing.

"Old VHS tapes? Sounds like a niche market to me. Can't you do a book on something mainstream, like Jack White or Doctor Who?" And then they would hang up the phone, and Duke would try again.

But as the sun rose over Chihuahua, Chamberlin Duke had to accept that he was running out of options. If only he'd skipped college and hung out with newspapermen! Today he'd have the contacts to warn the world! Of course, he could always self-publish… but no. Once that line was crossed, there was no coming back.

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On the television behind Duke a movie was playing. Duke's set had an old VCR attached and he could only call it fate, because what hotel owner would put a VCR in a two dollar a night flophouse? Duke watched as the small man in white tried to start and airplane. Tried and failed. Tried, and failed. Tried… and failed.

The human condition, Duke thought, drinking the no-name champagne-flavored soda he'd found in the half-dead vending machine. We try, even when we know we must fail.

The small man in white left the screen for a moment, then returned with two friends. Turning to the camera, they each held up three fingers. The caption: THE POWER OF THREE. The two men lifted the smaller man, and then they let go. As the small man fell, he grabbed the propeller and… it started! The plane could fly! And again the caption: THE POWER OF THREE.

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Chamberlin Duke sighed and finished his champagne-flavored soda. If he denied this, how could he believe again? This was no longer just a little-known film. This was about faith. He picked up his phone and tapped a contact.

"Evelyn," he said. "It's Doctor Duke. Let me tell you how to get to where I am."

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I scrolled to the bottom with my eyes closed to say I haven't read this month's yet but I'm definitely going to check it out when I get home! I was going to do it this morning but @raremonkey has my personal calendar D: