Monthly Archives: September 2016

Reading the Landscape: 48

I’d like to reserve a nice, cozy room in Hell away from all the goody goodies, preferably next to Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde.

Has Humanity Jumped the Shark?

  The Earth was once considered to be the center of the universe. We now know it isn’t the center of anything besides, perhaps, the activity of our species. And who knows how long that will last. The world we live in is increasingly drifting from what was once considered “the real”; man’s powers over […]

The Lobster (2015): The Collective Exhaustion of the Present

The high concept of The Lobster, explained briefly: In an alternate universe, every single person past a certain age is sent to a resort/prison in the country where they’re given a certain number of days to find a mate or else they’re surgically turned into an animal of their choosing. Every night the resort prisoners […]

Chariots of Fire (1981): A Conservative Masterpiece

Early in Chariots of Fire, the 1981 winner of the Best Picture Oscar, Harold Abrahams, one half of the film’s dual-headed hero, gives an almost perfect description of what would now be called “microaggression.” “It’s an ache, a helplessness, an anger. One feels humiliated. Sometimes I say to myself ‘hey, steady on, you’re imagining all […]

The Cops Police My Bedtime

This has nothing to do with my essay. It simply demonstrates the proper way to exercise one’s white privilege when dealing with the police. If you’ve noticed the absence of blog posts lately, it was mostly because I spent the Summer working at a late night warehouse job. I had plenty of time to write […]

Kolberg (1945) vs. 300 (2006): Contemplating Fascist Propaganda

A screenshot from the Nazi propaganda film Kolberg, which is largely free from crude appeals to antisemitism or any demonized racial “other.” But who in the world is the black actor who plays one of the French soldiers? Was he a French North African POW forced to play a role as an “extra?” Napoleon did […]

Snowden (2016)

Oliver Stone has always been a uneven filmmaker. He’s made one radical masterpiece, Salvador, one dull, conservative flop, World Trade Center, and one overly long, but potent Molotov cocktail the mainstream media tried, but ultimately failed to discredit, JFK. When I found out that he was directing the new film about Edward Snowden, I took […]

My New Bike

I’m an old man (51 years old to be precise) with one foot in the grave, more interested in the location of the bathroom than in the attentions of the fairer sex, but I wear out bikes like a 27-year-old Tour de France winner. This is my latest, a Giant Contend 1. It’s a rather […]

Thoughts on the Democratic Debate Having Not Seen It and Only Read the Press Coverage Afterwards

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
Political debates are, for me anyhow, a bit like the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Let me explain. Some of you might be too young or too old to fully appreciate the empty momentum with which Napoleon Dynamite swept the cultural landscape of the young suburban idlers at the time of…

Reading the Landscape: 9

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
Wychwood is a turn of the (last) century gated community in the West Fields of Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Originally built for rich New York commuters who wanted to live inside a Thomas Kinkade painting, it featured a Tudor Revival gatehouse that stood at its entrance for many years before…