Category Archive: Art & Aesthetics

You Are Old, Father William: On “A Cure For Hyper-Parenting”

Dear readers, It has come to my attention that French people are obsessed with Pamela Druckerman. “She is so interested in us,” says one French person, who knows a lot of other French people.… Continue reading

Jurassic World: The Restored Manuscript Of The Historic Kugelmass Interview

It began as a consumer survey at the Connecticut Post Mall on September 20, 2014. Even now, we are still putting the pieces together, but some facts are not disputed by any of the… Continue reading

You’re Not Wrong, Walter: Chuck Klosterman On Watching Football

“Am I wrong?” “No, you’re not wrong, Walter, you’re just an asshole!” -Joel and Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski I’ve recently begun to question my support for the N.F.L. I suspect that the recent… Continue reading

Repression + Censorship + Digital Media = The Fappening

Lads’, Lads, or Laddie mags (magazines) (known exclusively as men’s magazines in English-speaking North America) contain non-nude photography…accompanied by articles about women (usually models or actresses)…or “guy tales” of sexual encounters. -Wikipedia This… Continue reading

Strange Fruit: Thanks to The Tree of Life, We Now Have Lucy

If, like me, you watched Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, you probably came to same conclusion I did: all humans are descended from apes, and before that, from dinosaurs. In order to make… Continue reading

On Bach’s Cello Suites, As Played By Yo-Yo Ma

In the first place, I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do. Some of the good ones do, in a very slight way, but not in a way… Continue reading

The Way Man Makes Himself Eternal: Dante, Literature, and the Seventh Circle

TONY WILSON: “Welcome to the Wheel of Fortune. There it is, the wheel that, throughout the centuries, has been used as a symbol for the vicissitudes of life. Boethius himself, in his great… Continue reading

Reason’s Candlelight Virgil: Emma Becciu Responds About Dante

Emma Becciu, a devoted and erudite reader of Dante (in the original), has responded to my first Dante post in typically brilliant fashion, here.

Joan Acocella on Maleficent, or, Wow, That Wasn’t Even Feminist

I will favor the details of the ballet in its modern versions. -Joan Acocella, “Love’s True Kiss: Maleficent’s Complex Sexual Politics” What’s Wrong With The New Yorker? -Joseph Kugelmass, blog post title Somebody at The… Continue reading

Beauty and the Beasts: On the beginning of Dante

Explanations incline, by nature, to treachery. They are so full of plausibility that they become completely unhinged. Imagine, for example, your friend singing that song about the ankle bone connecting to the leg… Continue reading