CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: SOME THOUGHTS ON DUNE (2021)

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: SOME THOUGHTS ON DUNE (2021) Neither a “hot take” nor a full-blown movie review, this essay is more inchoate and formless. More a chance to ruminate on the current blockbuster. Media analysis at its most impressionistic; less a … Continue reading CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: SOME THOUGHTS ON DUNE (2021)

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Reflections in Gold and Mud: Monstrosity, Agency, and Stability in Early Modern Europe

An essay exploring agency and identity of “freaks” in early modern Europe. Continue reading Reflections in Gold and Mud: Monstrosity, Agency, and Stability in Early Modern Europe

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AMERICAN ODD: CONCLUDING UNSCIENTIFIC POSTSCRIPT; OR, DIVERSE OPINIONS REGARDING OUR AMERICAN ODDBALL CO-INHABITANTS

A celebration of everything odd, strange, and bizarre abou America. Continue reading AMERICAN ODD: CONCLUDING UNSCIENTIFIC POSTSCRIPT; OR, DIVERSE OPINIONS REGARDING OUR AMERICAN ODDBALL CO-INHABITANTS

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On Love (1822) by Stendahl

Poised between artifice and authentic emotionalism, Stendahl’s On Love explores the topic of love, combining the rational and the romantic.  The stylistic balance fits the personality of Stendahl, the nom de plume of Henri-Marie Beyle.  The short work combines analytical passages and excerpts from the dairy of Salviati, another guise Stendahl uses to investigate the concept of love. The accretion of different personae, pseudonyms of pseudonyms, creates a fascinating literary product.  The book’s genesis can be traced back to a rebuff Stendahl received from Matilde Dembowski, “the aristocratic young wife of a Polish officer” Sophie Lewis says in the Introduction … Continue reading On Love (1822) by Stendahl

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