Monthly Archive: November, 2012

R.I.P. “proto-modernism”

If you’ve ever taken a college-level English course on literature written before 1900, the odds are pretty good that you’ve encountered a strange beast known as “the proto-modernist text.” Very often, this is… Continue reading

Yes, We (Shere) Khan: The Life of Pi, A Film About The Simple Bare Necessities

First, you have to watch this short video. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. -Matthew 7:15 Why should you run? Can it… Continue reading

Why you should buy t.A.T.u. instead of Rihanna

A few years ago, I thought that Rihanna — just as a person, as a human being involved in a variety of musical projects — was one of the best musical events, vocalists, things of any… Continue reading

The minor fall and the major lift, continued: The Requiem

The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do… Continue reading

the minor fall and the major lift, part one: on mozart

Note to the reader: the two performances above are both excellent realizations of Mozart’s musical ideas, even though, in both videos, the performers look totally ridiculous. I mean, just so bad. Like Monty… Continue reading

the short version of the interview

INTERVIEWER: What were some of the places you dreamed of visiting during those years? KUGELMASS: Interestingly, I’ve never had a strong preference for places. This has been true for as long as anyone… Continue reading

it’s spacetime, spacetime, spacetime that you love

Welcome back! It’s Sunday morning, which as you know, is the day we answer your questions. Today’s question comes from alert reader Scott Eric Kaufman, who commented on Facebook to ask what I… Continue reading