Category Archive: Art & Aesthetics

Epiphany and Vocation

I reached this passage in Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s new novel: “These are Wahhabists. They’re pretending [destroying Buddha statues is] spiritual, but it’s political, like they can’t deal with having any competition around.”… Continue reading

Those Meddling Kids: Lord of the Flies, Scooby-Doo, and The Wild Wild Net

When you watch Scooby-Doo, one thing’s for certain: the monster is not real. It’s never a monster. The monster ends up being somebody — usually old, always hiding in plain sight — seeking… Continue reading

Our Confused Conversations About Free Will: On Sam Harris

That, then, which every soul pursues and for its sake does all that it does, with an intuition of its reality, but yet baffled and unable to apprehend its nature adequately, or to… Continue reading

A Cold Eye: Art’s Debt to the Living, and the Dead

D.B. asked me what I thought about all this stuff I just finished telling you about. I didn’t know what the hell to say. If you want to know the truth, I don’t… Continue reading

Me versus “Her”: MT versus AI

Originally posted on Une belle infidèle!:
Samantha: I want to learn everything about everything. Theodore: I love the way you look at the world. (Turns out she has the mind of a…

Vlogging The Stranger: Literature and Law

A delightful, if short, conversation with James Flanigan and Conor Flanigan about the legal and ethical ramifications of L’Etranger by Albert Camus. Read the post and watch the video here.  

Contradisciplinary Presents: Spike Jonze’s HER

An hour’s chat with Sherwin Siy about all the complex issues raised by the movie HER. Sorry about the false start — we started streaming mid-conversation about Joaquin’s red shirt — but then we… Continue reading

The Yellow Scarlet Letter: True Detective’s Finale

Rust Cohle has a cross up in his room. He tells his partner, Hart, that this is merely in order to perform a meditation exercise, in which he endures the thought of all… Continue reading

The Worst of 2013

“Standard installation (recommended)” -any program that is trying to cripple your computer I didn’t go there that night to fall in love. -Airplane! “I didn’t move here to fall in love.” But as… Continue reading

The Best of 2013

Oh yes. It’s that time again, and the gloves are off, and the wisdom teeth are out. First up, some epigraphs. Most people who survive a devastating disaster want the opposite of a… Continue reading