Sunday, January 1 1995
Expands upon this fusion of high and low culture, using mass-media tropes to elaborate on endlessly dense themes. The novel is most easily summarized as an 'alternative history,' a what-if scenario.
Throughout his work one point is central: the greatest contrast and point of confusion between the Japanese and Westerners lies in their respective concepts of the surface of things. While Westerners are wary to a fault, distrusting surfaces and ever obsessed with the true meaning behind them, the Japanese exist in an eternal 'now' that renders all of their expressions true.
In the 1990s, this community of McCarthy fans extended its territory into the world of the American academy with the establishment of something called, in this volume, 'McCarthy studies', practised by a weird enclave of literary critics and pop cultural historians who, judging by the essays here, are immersed in the intricacies of their intellectual obsession.
A virtual cipher of a character, and his adventures are prolonged studies in existential action.
Essentially, Ludlow is pointing out that an entirely radical social perspective on governance and freedom rests behind the more mundane facts of the Internet explosion.
Leonard Garment was a lawyer who, in 1963, befriended the new partner at his New York law firm, former Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon. Garment, a self-described 'birthright Democrat' who had done fundraising for liberal candidates in the past, encouraged Nixon to get back into politics, and helped to get him elected in 1968.
Godard, Ray (both of them), Cassavetes, Fuller, Renoir, Eisenstein, Altman, Rohmer, Chabrol, Lang, Truffaut, Ozu, and so on. If that partial list already has you salivating then you know where Malcolm is coming from. If not, prepare to be educated.
Like a near-death experience, her life flashes in front of our eyes, as time blurs and yesterday, today and tomorrow all vie for equal importance.
It's been 10 years since 'The Case of California' was introduced to an eager and hungry PoMo culture. Perhaps I mistreat it by removing it from the context of Cultural Studies in 1991. Although we are participants in a young field, we've come a long way since those heady days.
It is a message that must never be forgotten in our legislatures, our schools, or our hearts.
Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture of High Tech by Paulina Borso
If the thesis that many of the dysfunctional get into tech careers because they couldn't handle human interaction is true, it also explains why so many become bullies when they achieve their goals.
The best approach to Ellroy is always to check your liberal tendencies at the door and trust in the cosmic justice that awaits all in the best tradition of 'noir'.
If [Helen Taylor] were from around here, we'd say she done her mama proud. We'd tell her this here book is so good it makes you want to slap your grandma.
Susanna Kaysen is one person whose mission seems to be to put her life on the page. Famous for 'Girl, Interrupted', she is someone whose autobiographical material fills volumes.
[Bradford W.] Wright approaches the whole of comic book history, and while he suffers from a lack of analytical depth, he provides future scholars with an indispensable point of analytical departure.
Whatever Elvis's other problems may have been, his biggest failing was his utter dependence upon his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The basic argument is that Superman must constantly be reinvented in order to appeal to new readers.
Physical distance from Chechnya, from Palestine/Israel, from Rowanda, Albania, Guatemala, Kurdistan, Macedonia, and so on, for those of us who feel we have such distance, provides psychological comfort only. It provides no protection from the fallout from these wars.
The Chastening: Inside the Crisis that Rocked the Global Financial System and Humbled the IMF by Pau
When you read about how close the US came to tail spinning into financial oblivion, it can send chills along your spine.
...dark, violent, funny, visceral, and incredibly profane -- an icepick in the gut and a sledgehammer to the skull.