/ here’s the obligatory traffic scene, when a man voices existential dread while stomping a cigarette into asphalt—you’ve seen him before: war veteran eyes, well-fitted jacket, good intentions tainted by bad experience / Green Light—she’s somewhere in the left lane, keeping speed with all the people he’s never met—offering herself in exchange for a ticket to a bigger city—a...
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Revolution is a catharsis; an ecstasy which can only be prolonged by tyranny....– Ernest Hemingway, “The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio”
Faceless Horror: A Genre Analysis of Stanley...
Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is atypical of its genre because it refuses to reveal a specific source of horror. Although the film’s source material is deliberate and precise in its representation of supernatural malice, Kubrick diverges from a central narrative to ruminate on “human evil, nature’s determinism, and man’s regression and rebirth” (Ulrich, Taylor, and Walker 278). As a...
No human eye can isolate the unhappy coincidence of line and place which...– Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
Personal Reading This Semester (Winter 2012)
The books I read from January 1 2012-May 1 2012. Organized by author. Psycho by Robert Bloch (1959) Lucky at Cards by Lawrence Block (1964) Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño (1999) Factotum by Charles Bukowski (1975) The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs (1961) Queer by William S. Burroughs (1985) The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (1934) Serenade by James M....
My Winter Semester Film Viewings
The films I watched from January 1 to April 17, 2012. First viewings only. Organized by director. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004, Wendy Apple) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Jack Arnold) Action in the North Atlantic (1943, Lloyd Bacon) [Rec] (2007, Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza) Storm of the Century (1999, Craig R. Baxley) The Spider’s Stratagem (1970, Bernardo...
There are little bars filled almost exclusively with whores, pimps, thugs and...– Henry Miller, Quiet Days in Clichy
Did we get shoved off the deep end? We did like hell. We got away clean, and got...– James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
Streets of idiot pleasure—obsidian palaces of the fish city, bubbles...– William S. Burroughs, The Soft Machine
Mark reaches the zenith of psychedelic epiphany from a distance / his palms tingle from the body horror film reel / they’ve screened it for the public / they’ve printed it on 35mm / It’s his right to watch. “Nothing is illegal on a screen this big.” Crimson bulbs of flesh burst into dribbling fragments that splatter against walls and trickle to the hardwood forming pools...