Category Archive: Movies

On Writer’s Block and Responding to the Joker comments

Dear readers, Happy Indian summer, everybody! Even if you’ve already headed back to school, or are working an eight-to-five, there’s a dreamlike haze to August, a feeling as though there’s still one or… Continue reading

Look Back In Anger: The Death of Literary Studies

(x-posted to The Valve) Amardeep Singh at The Valve drew my attention to this article by William Deresiewicz, writing for The Nation, and also to the outstanding response written by CR and posted… Continue reading

A Little Something You Can Touch: HBO’s Wire and the Politics of Visual Media

(x-posted to The Valve) Spend some on a little something you can touch. A new car, a new coat…it’s why we get up in the morning. -The Greek You want it to be… Continue reading

Why Americans Did Not Watch The Oscars

(x-posted to The Valve) The Oscars mean two things to most Americans. First, it’s a chance to celebrate the most impressive films of the year, from a mainstream point of view. We wash… Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Intellectual Blogs 2007

(x-posted to The Valve) What a very long year it’s been. It’s been a year shaped by the evolution of political discourse in this country and around the world. Here, as people grew… Continue reading

Cormac McCarthy: “God Is A Little Boy, And Also Trout”

(x-posted to The Valve) I’ve just finished reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which set everyone’s hair on fire. As an example of style, it works; the book is criss-crossed by references to ash… Continue reading

I’m McLovin It: Sexuality in the Age of Advertising

(x-posted to The Valve) The setting is a mojitos-and-burgers place in the Lower East Side: shaded, pricey, with outdoor seating and fresh guacamole. I’m there with two friends, two other women I’ve just… Continue reading

Culture, Fiction, and the Humanities

(x-posted to The Valve) Timothy Burke, at his blog Easily Distracted, wrote a post some time ago arguing for a Department of Everything Studies. Scott Eric Kaufman at Acephalous responded, and so did… Continue reading

Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith’s rarities album, New Moon, has just come out, and I’ve been playing it for about a week, thinking about all his records and how to write about them. His death knocked… Continue reading

The Solution Is The Soapbox

The conversation about art, pleasure, discipline and craft is afoot at The Valve, and I thought I’d reprint my long comment from there over here, redacted slightly. I like how it ends. -JK… Continue reading