Andrew Grossman

Andrew Grossman is a regular contributor to Bright Lights Film Journal, the editor of the anthology Queer Asian Cinema: Shadows in the Shade (2001), and a contributor to The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas.

Features // 3 Articles
Columns // 10 Articles
Reviews // 5 Articles
Blogs // 5 Articles

Magnus Hirschfeld and the Struggle for Transformation, Not Tolerance | 13 Jul 2014 // 8:14 PM

Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism.

The Little Joys (Not Pleasures) of Scopophobia: On Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXIX | 21 Apr 2014 // 8:14 PM

From our fear of the culture industry emerges a new sense of self—a negative self to be sure, created from the fear of being hypnotized by one’s inferiors, yet a self less likely to get lost in the dark.


Cacophonies and Heavenly Choruses: A Cure for the Classical Blues | 3 Sep 2015 // 2:10 AM

Is there any term in any field that is more slippery or meaningless or that carries such impossible, historically artificial burdens of meaning as "Classical Music"?

Unrealistic Colors and Naturalistic Philosophies in Jean Renoir’s 'The River' | 8 Jun 2015 // 9:30 PM

In The River, Renoir transcends his own attractive colors, stumbling into a “realistic” philosophy of nature that the portraiture of color so often forbids.


Crafty Language and Unfulfilled Dreams: On 'Real Time with Bill Maher' 2015-10-17 | 2 Nov 2015 // 1:00 AM

Bill Maher’s interview with Bernie Sanders illuminates the tensions of capitalism and inherited wealth, and the inherent uselessness/truthfulness of language.

Real Time with Bill Maher: Republican Nouns/Democratic Verbs, Misguided Narratives | 16 Oct 2015 // 2:45 AM

"In an impersonal and often anti-personal world, the individual name cannot compete with the power of corporate hierarchies, which, even more than gods, are invested with unearned prestige."


The Republican Hajj: On 'Real Time with Bill Maher' - 18 September 2015 | 25 Sep 2015 // 2:50 AM

Perhaps we are reaching a crisis point, a moment in which we suddenly tire of comedy and politics in the same sighing breath.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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