Monthly Archives: January 2014

21 things about Anne Carson’s Nox

  Nox is an epitaph Anne Carson wrote for her brother, who ran away from home in 1978 and died unexpectedly in Copenhagen in 2000. The book is accordion bound. Rather than all the pages being glued together in a spine, they all unfold and flow together like a scroll. I read this in E.J. […]

10 things about Max Horkheimer’s Traditional and Critical Theory

In Max Horkheimer essay “Traditional and Critical Theory,” he presents a distinction between critical theory and what he calls “traditional” theory, which can also be thought of as scientific or analytic understanding. By doing this, he wants to clarify what critical theory is and why it is important. I’m reading this essay for a class […]

10 Things About Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio is about Gilderoy, a British sound technician, called to Italy in by director Giancarlo Santini to work on what turns out to be a giallo film about witch trials. If you’re not thinking about David Lynch within the first 5 minutes of this movie, you’ve probably never seen a Lynch movie other than The […]

10 Things About Antonio Campos’ Afterschool

Afterschool is about a desensitized student named Robert (Ezra Miller) who attends a boarding school. Many of the other students are on medication. While working on a school project, Robert accidentally films the death of two of his classmates. This is Antonio Campos’ first feature length film. The style is very similar to Michael Haneke […]

10 Things About Lana del Rey’s Tropico

Apparently Lana wrote Tropico herself. I don’t know what that means, though in this sense it’s probably that she compiled the imagery and poetry to use. I also don’t know whether or not “Lana del Rey” is a single person or a group of people. Its very Christian. Obviously. But even beyond the imagery: the […]

21 Things About Gilles Deleuze’s Spinoza: Practical Philosophy

Deleuze wrote a number of books on the history of philosophy. These books are strange, idiosyncratic interpretations of major and fringe philosophers. They are also much easier to read that most of Deleuze’s work. Deleuze associates Spinoza with Nietzsche, which is an uncommon thing to do. The first word of the book is “Nietzsche”. Deleuze […]