Category Archives: Essays

An exercise in pedantism – short notes on Nietzsche

From Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: 297 Being able to contradict.– Everybody knows now that being able to stand contradiction is a high sign of culture. Some even know that the higher human being desires and invites contradiction in order to receive … Continue reading

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Negative Space

It is apparent in the history of most art forms that there is an illicit attraction at the heart of fatality which, at times, renders the artist nearly deaf to other subjects. Themes of death, the void, and general absence … Continue reading

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Media Grievance of the Week

I’ve been thinking about the Invisible Children campaign and their most recent KONY 2012 video. There are claims being made all over the place about how Invisible Children is either financially responsible or irresponsible, whether they help fund the corrupt … Continue reading

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Testimony – The Act of Pleading Guilty

“All I maintain on this Earth is that there are pestilences and there are victims, and it is up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences.” Albert Camus “I tried each thing, and only … Continue reading

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Andrei Tarkovsky’s Poetic Cinema

As an artist limited by his circumstance in the warring, emaciated USSR throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Andrei Tarkovsky did well to establish himself as one of cinema’s greatest masters. In some sense, his works represent grand acts of … Continue reading

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