Tag Archives: Jonathan Rosenbaum

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain?

Two gnostics go head to head. Harold Bloom on Robert Crumb’s Genesis was a classic review. America’s greatest underground comic artist from the 60′s and a literary genius in Bloom from the depths of Ivy League academia. They are both … Continue reading

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ballad of a thin man with stogie

You, the owners of property are the truly brutish ones, runs the line of ironic implication; we slaves have remained human. Caught between what he expected and what he actually felt, the cultivated German spectator found hmself animated by chronic … Continue reading

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little house on the prairie: zabriskie point

Getting away from it all and building a dream home in the middle of everywhere and nowhere. It’s a bit like a Paul Theroux’s Mosquito Coast except this is landlocked, dry and hot.What about following E.B. White’s command to be … Continue reading

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hustling those creepy patriarchal fantasies

The packaging of male ego and sexual conquest.How its peddled , this male libido as sublimated women hatred is often a matter of status. Whether its through the latest Stieg Larrson, or Hustler magazine, the ingenuity or lack of subtlety … Continue reading

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one of the boys: men in long black coats

John Lennon was once quoted as saying  that Bob Dylan was intentionally opaque in his lyrics so as to position himself as “secure in his hipness”. It is often taken that Dylan provided the Beatles with the understanding of depth, … Continue reading

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DIDDLERS: SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE SHUFFLE

It’s what  Griel Marcus  termed  ”the old, weird America.”; a peculiar terrain, a strange yet familiar backdrop to a common cultural history of America : the “playground of God, Satan, tricksters, Puritans, confidence men, illuminati, braggarts, preachers, anonymous poets of … Continue reading

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VIRIDIANA & NEW WORDLY IMPULSES: Free and Imprisoned Old Sicknesses

Luis Bunuel tells us that the comfortable man ( or woman ) , self-concerned, attempting to embrace more comfort, bores us stiff. And what Bunuel is telling us in cinema is what De Tocqueville forecast in “Democracy in America” . … Continue reading

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PERSONALITY CRISIS: VAMPIRES & INSUPERABLE DISTANCE BETWEEN TRUTH AND POSSIBILITY

“In Persona the stunning sensuous-mouthed Liv Ullmann plays Elizabet Volger, an actress who suddenly, during a performance, gets an overwhelming desire to laugh. (She’s acting in a tragedy, so the laughter seems inappropriate to her) And after she gets the … Continue reading

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TRIUMPHS OF ARTIFICE: MIXING BAD FAITH & GOOD CONSCIENCE

When you’re not by my side The world’s in two, and I’m a fool When you’re not in my sight Then everything, just fades from view The mystery of love belongs to you The mystery of love belongs to you … Continue reading

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OFF THE SHELF “MYTHOLOGIES”: PRÉT A PORTER

Roland Barthes is a key figure in international intellectual life. He is one of the most important intellectual figures to have emerged in postwar France and his writings continue to have an influence on critical debates today. Barthes was notoriety … Continue reading

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