There's an idea that’s been banging around in my head for long enough that it’s almost come to seem like something of a motif in my work, both critical and creative. Thinking back through the pieces in this journal, I find traces of it everywhere, from my ruminations about
These days one hears a lot about "stakes" in movies. This is a particularly hot topic in those corners of the internet concerned with blockbuster franc…
Readers and friends, hello! A brief scheduling note: due to recent life events, including a new gig, some opportunities on the creative side, and the i…
In the last decade, a distinctive scent of despair has come to envelope America. Recently, I've been noticing it particularly strongly in the world of …
Let's dispense immediately with the notion that there is no better or worse in the arts. This is an idea that has seeped into popular discourse – from …
One of the most significant dividing lines in United States history occurred in 1920, when for the first time the national census reported that more pe…
In her lovely study of the films of Anthony Mann, Jeanine Basinger notes that Winchester '73 (1950) is frequently "pointed to as the beginning of the m…
One summer when I was in high school, I spent some time in Washington D.C. I had some experiences and learned some things and came home to Colorado wit…
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