Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was an 18th/19th Century German philosopher. His books, especially The Phenomenology of Spirit, are considered to be some of the most dense and difficult there are. The last words commonly attributed to Hegel are: “Only one of my pupils has understood me, and he misunderstood me.” All summaries of The Phenomenology of […]

I’ve recently found myself returning to this song and video often. Chandelier is the most deserving pop song I’ve heard in a long time. Okay there’s a lot of stuff going on so I’m going to talk about the song on its own first and then the song with the video. It is a pop […]

Happy Together is about the romantic relationship between two men from Hong Kong. They visit Argentina, but break up during the vacation. Most takes look like the covers of 90s rock/techno/industrial albums. Canted angles, saturated shots of highways, blue skies and night clubs. The two main characters both sleep with their blankets over their heads. […]

 The Castle is about a land surveyor named K. who moves to a town in response to a request for a land surveyor. Once he gets there he finds that there’s no job for him. Despite this, he’s determined to stay and make a life. (I read the Hartman translation by the way). The book is […]

John Waters is a cult film director most famous for his movies Hairspray and Pink Flamingoes. This book is a collection of essays by Waters about role models he had growing up. The cover of the book is white so it can collect dirt easier. These are the role models: Johnny Mathis, Tennessee Williams, Leslie […]

We Need to Talk About Kevin is about a mother’s relationship with her son before and after he shoots up his school. It was also made into a movie. While the film is mostly true to the novel but there is stuff in the movie that is not in the book and stuff in the […]

Laura Mulvey is a feminist film theorist. Her essay “Visual Pleasure in Narrative Cinema” is one of the foundational texts in feminist film theory. Mulvey’s essay argues that the perspective presented by Hollywood narrative cinema is largely a heterosexual male one. Mulvey uses the psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Lacan to critique themselves and Hollywood […]