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“Amusing Ourselves To Death” Is Not So Amusing, Is Mostly Dead.

Sometime in high school I read Neil Postman’s criticism of “modern” television-focused culture, Amusing Ourselves to Death.  It was first published in 1984, so reading when I did in the early 2000’s, it was already an artifact of another era.  I … Continue reading

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All About the Bass, Not So Much About the Patriarchy

I choose hear a young woman, caught in the weird years between playing with dolls and going to prom, gathering the collected wisdom of her life so far: storybook morals (“Every inch of you is perfect…”), pop culture (“I’m bringing booty back”), and parental advice (“Yeah my mama she told me…”),and turning it into her own words and her own moral-of-the-story, “I’m all about the bass.”
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The Magic of David Foster Wallace

My first experience with David Foster Wallace was reading Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity.  And when I say “reading” I don’t mean to suggest that I finished the book.  I read the first chapter and threw it … Continue reading

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I had the strange and pleasant experience of watching Tom Stoppard’s 1990 film of his own play, Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  It’s a bizarre play, dreamlike and teetering on the edge of absurdist.  The characters of Rosencranz (Gary Oldman, who … Continue reading

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