The Monsters Are Due…

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street Here’s a brilliant illustration of the real collective danger faced by ‘civil’ society.  This episode of the Twilight Zone was made in 1960, not so long after the general paranoia and hysteria that followed World War Two and led to the mass burnings of comic books, the communist […]

Good and Evil

So how do you define ‘good and evil?’ Who are the ‘good’ guys and who are the ‘bad’ guys? I think that dividing people up that way is both too simple and very dangerous. This is precisely the way that those with a hunger for power at any cost usually proceed. Republicans are now obsessed […]

Here I Am

Here. Here I am. My first weekend here in this beast of the city. The snow has fallen and encased the new apartment. The maze of the city closes in around me. I’ve left Elysium for an engagement with the edges. To the West the wave of mountains rises against the plain, houses are sprawled […]

Spielberg and Kubrick

See: Open Culture on Spielberg versus Kubrick   Ever since seeing it for the first time I’ve regarded “A.I.” as Steven Spielberg’s most challenging and interesting film. The creative collaboration between two directors with such different styles (but similar obsessions with detail) is almost diabolical in it’s interweaving. One can almost sense the tension between their […]

American Icons

Whenever I’m feeling down on America, particularly in the midst of what sometimes appears to be an absurd or even pointless political season, rather then allowing myself to be overcome by cynicism and bitterness I’ve found a very effective antidote. Here is a link to one of the finest audio productions available on the internet. […]

It’s a Good Time for Doctor Strange

(upon leaving Santa Fe) The darkness intensifies The mountain no longer calls me up Fall has arrived The world descends into chaos Syrian women screaming at the gates Children drowning When we invented the internet (The children of psychedelia) We rejoiced to think the world was saved Through communication And good will Peace. Love. Music […]

Passages

From the novel, “Beloved”, by Toni Morrison: “…Eighteen seventy-four and whitefolks were still on the loose. Whole towns wiped clean of Negroes; eighty-seven lynchings in one year alone in Kentucky; four colored schools burned to the ground; grown men whipped like children; children whipped like adults; black women raped by the crew; property taken, necks […]

Painting in Light, Sound, Color and TIME

Are you interested in what distinguishes a great movie from a mediocre one? Movies are so much more than plot or dialogue – they are magical compositions incorporating geometry, sound and color. This series by Tony Zhou, called “Every Frame a Painting” illuminates many of the compositional factors that distinguish great movie making from the […]