David Banash is a Professor of English at Western Illinois University, where he teaches courses in contemporary literature, film, and popular culture. He is the author of Collage Culture: Readymades, Meaning, and the Age of Consumption (Rodopi) and co-editor of Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things (Scarecrow).
Every Era Gets the Monster It Needs, and Ours Is the Era of the Zombie | 5 Sep 2013 // 12:15 AM
The images of humans imprisoning themselves in The Walking Dead speak poignantly about a world in which walls seem like an answer to the threat of those masses of bodies on the other side.
In Search of the Endless Summer: Surf Films | 14 Jun 2011 // 4:00 PM
Surfing is a spectacle of sheer uselessness and excessive pleasure that most of us can only dream about. It provides an ideal image of how we desire to live -- devoted solely to a thrilling and utterly innocent pleasure.
Join the Underground: Loren Glass' History of the Famous / Infamous Grove Press | 28 Apr 2013 // 5:30 PM
Grove was the hippest and most important publisher of books that broke sexual taboos, plotted revolution, and kept millions of young intellectuals across the US in touch with the avant-garde and revolutionary politics throughout the world.
If at First You Don't Succeed, Failure May Be Your Style: 'The Queer Art of Failure' | 12 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM
Rather than searching for ways around death and disappointment, the queer art of failure involves the acceptance of the finite, the embrace of the absurd, the silly, and the hopelessly goofy.
Untimely Cinema: '“Our Kind of Movie” The Films of Andy Warhol' | 24 Jun 2012 // 5:10 PM
“We didn't think of our movies as underground or commercial or art or porn; they were a little of all of those, but ultimately they were just 'our kind of movie.'” —Andy Warhol
'Low Budget Hell': From John Waters' 'Female Trouble' to 'Cry Baby' | 22 Mar 2012 // 6:30 AM
A cautionary tale for those who dream of making it big, the title says it all. Low Budget Hell undoes the myths of filmmaking and reminds readers that not everyone makes it big in Hollywood, and that not making it is alright, too.