All Posts in chronological order


His Heavy Heart

His Heavy Heart

September, 2014

Alan Moore has explored darkness often in his career, from the gothic horror of Swamp Thing, to the unredeemable life of Rorschach in Watchmen, to the Victorian underworld of From Hell, to the imaginative landscape of Poe in Neonomicon. In His Heavy Heart, his film in collaboration with director Mitch Jenkins, we encounter a vision as dark as anything he has ever done.


A Transverse Cut

A Transverse Cut

July, 2014

C.G. Jung was a master explorer and deep observer of the dynamics of the psyche, working to articulate the meaning at its core. This essay is a look at his 1932 seminar on the Kundalini Yoga, providing a glimpse of how he interpreted seemingly esoteric material through the matrix of his psychology.


Borgen

A Brief Look at Borgen

July, 2014

Using the “Twitter Essay” format, this is a brief look at the first two seasons of the Danish political drama Borgen, a show that attempts to confront the fundamental conflict between the personal and the professional.


Chomsky Perilous Power

Chomsky on Imperial Power

November, 2013

A short post about deeply embedded imperial conceptions. “The job of the progressive movements is precisely to convince the population of imperial powers that they have no right whatsoever to determine things for anyone else.” – Noam Chomsky


My Struggle Book 1

My Struggle, Book 1, The Social Read

August to November, 2013

A social read of Book 1 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic, 6-volume series My Struggle. Existence, in all its emotional resonance and mysterious complexity, resides somewhere in the space between accumulated bits of experience and the stoppage of thought. We vacillate from one pole to the other, back and forth, ceaselessly.


Seinfeld

The Torture You‘re Comfortable With

June, 2013

A short conversation with Jerry Seinfeld from The Howard Stern Show. “Find the torture your comfortable with and you’ll do well.”


Kim Ki-duk

Kim Ki-duk‘s Return

February, 2013

Arirang, Kim Ki-duk’s 16th film, is an oddity, a break from the string of purely fictional provocations that have challenged and moved his viewers over the last dozen or so years. Instead, it is a film about the filmmaker, a hybrid fantasy-documentary covering three years in which Kim lived in a cabin and made no films.


The Faces of Justice

The Faces of Justice

February, 2013

On two films from 2005 (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and Sophie Scholl) and how the characters at their centre embody a deep fidelity to justice in circumstances both fantastically and brutally dark.


Summer Density

Summer Density

June to September, 2012

An LA Review of Books social read (10 pages a day) of William Gaddis’s 1975 book JR. The world of JR is often an unpleasant place; but here and there a good thing happens; there is a moment of hope or joy; a scintilla of light emerges from somewhere in the muck.


Ruckus

The Killa and The Ruckus

May, 2012

A celebration of the sheer comedic perfection of J.B. Smoove (Leon Black) and Chris Williams (Krazee-Eyez Killa) in the absurd world of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.


Nasruddin

200 Dinars

May, 2012

“How does one establish the true worth of a person, or an object? Take me for example. If I were to ask you to estimate my value, what would you say?” 13th century philosopher Nasruddin has an answer.


A New Beast

A New Beast

May, 2012

A review of Alan Moore Storyteller by Gary Spencer Millidge. Bill Sienkiewicz on Alan Moore: “Alan’s a genius, an absolute gentleman. Plain and simple. Yes, his scripts are dense. They’re brilliant, layered, nuanced, variegated, textural, beautiful and daunting.”