Being connected to modern culture requires a certain amount of screen time. You and I, in order to share these musings, which are surely worthwhile, have to spend time on a device. The paradox of our reality is that, the more time we spend in this two dimensional, textureless yet very real place, the less … Continue reading Shell Metamorphosis: Works of Rowan Mersh
What can animals teach us about ourselves and the world around us? Perhaps humans are not as superior as we would like to be. Beasts do not speak our language, nor do they build civilizations we recognize, so we usually consider them lesser beings. Most people are ignorant of the richness of animal life and … Continue reading Giving the Beast a Voice: Man and Beast, a Film by Daniel Ariola
You are saying, are you not, I said to Manuelito, that stories have more room in them than ideas? He laughed. That is correct, Señor. It is as if ideas are made of blocks. Rigid and hard. And stories are made of a gauze that is elastic. You can almost see through it, so what … Continue reading Quote for Today: Alice Munro
That black, maddening firmament; that vast cosmic ocean, endlessly deep in every direction, both Heaven and Pandemonium at once; mystical Zodiac, speckled flesh of Tiamat; all that is chaos, infinite and eternal. And yet, it's somehow the bringing to order of this chaos which perhaps has always disturbed me most. The constellations, in their way, … Continue reading Quote for Today: Mark X.
Valhalla Rising is a complex and violent film, full of beautiful, savage images and scant dialogue. What actually happens onscreen? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx2u4ZzhcmQ Nicolas Winding Refn's brutal tour-de-force Valhalla Rising stars Mads Mikkelsen as a mute killing machine owned by a Norse Chieftain. The Chieftain keeps him caged, barely seeing to his physical needs and trotting him … Continue reading Possessed by Violence: Valhalla Rising
Some days I spent up to three hours in the arcade after school, dimly aware that we were the first people, ever, to be doing these things. We were feeling something they never had - a physical link into the world of the fictional - through the skeletal muscles of the arm to the … Continue reading Quote for Today: Austin Grossman
The mythology of a people is far more than a collection of pretty or terrifying fables to be retold in carefully bowdlerized form to our schoolchildren. It is the comment of the men of one particular age or civilization on the mysteries of human existence and the human mind, their model for social behaviour, and … Continue reading Quote for Today: H. R. Ellis Davidson