Every Little Star

  I. I filled in a long-standing gap in my cultural knowledge recently and watched Lynch's 2001 noir masterpiece Mulholland Drive. That's the sensation, right? Where listening to records or watching films in an era of unprecedented access begins to feel a bit like doing homework. Except Mulholland Drive is, itself, an almost unprecedently interesting film, one capable of… Continue reading Every Little Star

A D Jameson & the Avant-Garde

I. I’ve been writing exclusively in long-form the past twelve months and become exhausted. Simultaneously, my writing has become more self-conscious, self-reflexive, and unwieldy, constant over-qualifications and anxious tangentials interrupting its focus. The list format used here, inspired partly by HTMLGiant’s trademark bullet-point style, is both a way to relieve this long-form burnout and to… Continue reading A D Jameson & the Avant-Garde

Art As Engineering

A Conversation with Gabriel Duquette and Haley Thurston Gabriel Duquette is a co-founder of Liposuction (tagline “aesthetics without all the fat”). He started the site with Haley Thurston, who studied art at Yale before contributing to Carcinistion and Ribbonfarm (her more casual art writing can be found at The Sublemon). Both are interested primarily in “retro-engineering”… Continue reading Art As Engineering

Genre, Values Hierarchies, & Intentionality in Pop

I. Does intentionality matter? Critical consequentialism put to the ultimate test: David Cooper Moore's "The Scary, Misunderstood Power of a 'Teen Mom' Star's Album"  discusses Farrah Abraham's infamous pop record My Teenage Dream Ended: It's tempting to consider My Teenage Dream Ended alongside other reality TV star vanity albums, like Paris Hilton's excellent (and unfairly… Continue reading Genre, Values Hierarchies, & Intentionality in Pop

Chekhov’s Gun and Red Herrings: Meaning, Rules, and Transgression in Storytelling

I. "If I think of somebody telling a story, I see a group of people huddled together, and around them a vast space, quite frightening."  — John Berger It's probably important to start off by quickly distinguishing  between a "story" and "literature," at least in a way that is, if not universally true, at least… Continue reading Chekhov’s Gun and Red Herrings: Meaning, Rules, and Transgression in Storytelling

Camera Obscura’s Let’s Get Out of This Country

Camera Obscura's breakthrough Let's Get Out of This Country was released ten years ago this June. Had I known of the record at the time, it would likely have been relegated to the category of guilty pleasure: something to be listened to but not shared; something enjoyable but not worthy. Rock music, especially after a nineties-alt makeover, was still… Continue reading Camera Obscura’s Let’s Get Out of This Country