language we wear: our controlled displays of identity

        It would be imposing and reductive to suggest identity is a word with a constant definition, one that is the same in every situation for every person. So for this article, I will focus on the identity game of reading books/wearing slogan t-shirts in public and what this can reveal about…

demystifying james joyce’s ulysses

James Joyce's modernist epic follows Leopold Bloom around public and private spaces of Dublin over the course of one day; as he eats, drinks, wanders, masturbates, watches and interacts with others. It was published in full during 1922, the same year that the poem that sought to define 20th-century anxiety (T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land)…

‘high school’ films: a modern renaissance

In his MTV interview at Toronto International Film Festival 2018, Timothée Chalamet speaks to Josh Horowitz about his experiences filming Beautiful Boy (2018) and what it means to be a young actor today. It can be seen here. He says, "What was amazing last year was that I felt like audiences are yearning, thirsty for films…

john berger and susan sontag on story-telling

In their 1983 Talk to Me (which can be seen here), artist and art critic John Berger and writer, philosopher, essayist and filmmaker Susan Sontag deliberate each other's, and articulate their own, versions and definitions of the art of story-telling. Sontag claims that at the 'very centre of the whole enterprise of story-telling there is the…

hereditary (2018) and its deleted scenes: notes on grief

Some of Hereditary's deleted scenes have recently been circulated and can be seen here. [spoilers] For a film that deals with as much spiritual and visual horror as it does, Hereditary's dissection of grief isn't overshadowed but enforced. Horror seldom realistically presents grief. Considering how dominantly and graphically it portrays death, it's surprising that something that…

paris, texas (1984) and edward hopper: a visual love affair

Fluorescent lights and rooms with a view. Brutalist and commercial landscapes of American modernity. Edward Hopper and cinematographer Robby Müller both produce a kind of romance in their isolated portraits of individual subjects. Both alike in their treatment of distance, the viewer's position becomes as striking as the composition of the bodies in view. Public…

a guide to mourning the end of summer

Cher recently tweeted 'Was Wondering If We Should HANG ON 2 SUMMER & KEEP DANCING ...OR ....SOB OUR WAY INTO FALL'. Below is an unranked list of novels and films that feel inspired by warmth and melancholy to mediate the transition from summer into autumn.     1. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) 'I want…