Girls, Broad City, and Over-the-Topness

"By their power of intimate close-up, movies reveal the subtleties of facial expression and the ambiguities of mood and motivation." (Paglia)   I recently re-watched Girls, and then off a recommendation, chased it with half a season of Broad City. The latter struck me as artless and also socially valueless in comparison with Dunham's HBO… Continue reading Girls, Broad City, and Over-the-Topness

Valencia/Rectify/Film/Television/Literature

I. James Nulick's Valencia opens with an HIV diagnosis. Nulick, protagonist, is dying. He has traveled to the southern coast of Spain to stay at the hotel which gives the novel its name. He has traveled there to hasten his death, to preempt the prolonged and painful corporal vulnerability which immunodeficiency entails. He has brought with him… Continue reading Valencia/Rectify/Film/Television/Literature

Predicting Joyce’s “Calypso”

Mr. Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. So begins the fourth chapter of Ulysses. “Calypso” is one of the more straightforward episodes of the novel, but here we'll look at the way the opening line maintains its own ambiguity throughout the chapter's opening pages. The suspended ambiguity is initiated in the… Continue reading Predicting Joyce’s “Calypso”