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Walking proof of the power of sublimation.

My mother was an artist. Some of my earliest memories of my mother are centered around her art. The sun-filled back room of her father’s house where she had constructed a studio to make use of the afternoon light, and … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Eulogy

In those occasions when the authoring of a eulogy becomes necessary, it is often written through a veil of recent grief which equally elevates and obscures memory. A period of mourning is the most likely time to elicit a touching … Continue reading

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A Man Got To Be Invisible: Heist

“When I’m out doing my thing, I like to be invisible. Man got to do his work, then he be invisible.” -African-American professional burglar, 1981, ‘In Their Own Words; Criminals on Crime’. The opening lines of dialogue in David Mamet’s … Continue reading

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Stand By Me

The night that Trump won the presidency,  I saw several people who voted for him justifying themselves on social media. Invariably, their posts fell into a general template of: “To my [Democratic/POC/LGBT] friends, please know that I will always [stand … Continue reading

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Transubstantiation: Analysis of The Exorcist

Amid the various monsters and maniacs of modern cinema, the fact that William Friedkin’s film adaptation of a minor Catholic superstition not only became one of the highest consistently rated horror movies of all time, but that it inspired a … Continue reading

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The Game In The Windowless Room- Shel Silverstein

This is a transcription of a Shel Silverstein poem recited by Ricky Jay at the end of his autobiographical documentary, “Deceptive Practices”. I couldn’t find it anywhere on the Internet, which tells me that this poem was either written by … Continue reading

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A Gateway To Literacy: 10 Comic Books Begging For Adaptions to Television

Television, it seems, has finally discovered that comic books can actually attract viewers without having to venture into Captain Tightpants territory. AMC’s Walking Dead has essentially nothing in common with its graphic novel base material except its characters, but has been a … Continue reading

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The Blood-Red Lodge: ‘Only God Forgives’ Review

“To me, a story can be both concrete and abstract, or a concrete story can hold abstractions. And abstractions are things that really can’t be said so well with words.” – David Lynch There is no more fully realized modernist … Continue reading

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The Coo-Coo Who’s Wearing My Skin: ‘Eastern Promises’ Review

“While I slept a coo-coo came As naked as could be And put on the skin And screwed on the head That once belonged to me. Now wearing my feet He runs through the street In a most disgraceful way. … Continue reading

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Novelty-Seeking: Inception

(Ed. note: For the beginning of my series of favorite film reviews, the order of reviews was selected by a random number generator, rather than in order of preference- which is how they were initially listed in my first post to … Continue reading

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