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What’s Interesting about Roussel’s Impressions of Africa

It’s fairly easy to summarize Roussel’s Impressions of Africa: ca. 1900, some French people set sail for South America, but a storm ruins their ship and blows them toward Africa, where after they drift ashore they’re captured by an African … Continue reading

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Thinking Django Unchained through Nat Turner’s “Confessions”

A few weeks back, the spectacular Jacobin published this pretty great little critique of Django Unchained, not taking the usual direction of asking questions about whether or not the movie is racist, but instead calling it out for failing to … Continue reading

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“The watch being advertised is almost invisible.”

                            Because postmodernism? This comes at the end of the “Postmodernism” chapter of David Harvey’s The Postmodern Condition, in which Harvey’s clear moral disappointment in everything he’s … Continue reading

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One thought about Django

I watched Django Unchained last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it, which, for a violent revenge fantasy, is either the whole point or else basically like giving in to the movie. The audience I was with didn’t seem especially uncomfortable by … Continue reading

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Popular Left

The thought is that left-wing thinking is growing more popular: Somewhat improbably, we seem to be living through a mini-golden age of radical left-wing criticism and polemic. It’s invigorating. — Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 29, 2012 Some examples: @sarahljaffe @el_bhask … Continue reading

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That Wasn’t as Good as Rushmore: On Moonrise Kingdom

I’ve been a huge fan of Wes Anderson for just about as long as I can remember being aware enough of filmmakers to be a fan of any. But I distinctly remember walking out of the Darjeeling Limited feeling deflated … Continue reading

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Why Not an All-Female Army?

As noted by Chris Hayes, “the newscycle after the best economic news in years has been dominated by all culture war all the time,” so now the subject is Rick Santorum’s objection to women in combat, and his subsequent clarification that he wasn’t … Continue reading

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