Tag Archives: Divisions

Republic (380? BC, Plato)

Everyone who knows Plato knows of Republic and knows of the allegory of the cave, I imagine, or at least my popular-informed conception of Republic considered the cave to be its central point or climax. As reading through the previous … Continue reading

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928, D. H. Lawrence)

At times it seems like reading and writing a novel like this which exalts the immediate bodily and sensory experience of life over the insular and intellectualized is committing a great hypocrisy. The hands that cradle the spine and turn … Continue reading

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Extinctional Family

31 Oct 2013: Fists in the Pocket (DVD, 1965, Marco Bellocchio) Since one bathtub murder in a week wasn’t enough (the first one was faked, anyway), here’s a somewhat different story involving a similar device. While it has an unusual … Continue reading

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Worth of a Worker

1 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 19, “The Transformation of Labour-Power into Wages,” 1867, Karl Marx) Again clarifying the previously-sensed fuzziness of classical economics’ conception of terms and categories, here as pertains to labor and wages. Marx lays out the division … Continue reading

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The Neverending Legacy of the Reverend

26 Sep 2013: King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (DVD, 1970, Ely Landau) Though it feels familiar and rehashed just because so much of what it consists of has been often seen before (speeches, riots, songs), as a sustained … Continue reading

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Writer’s Bone of Contention, or, Viewer’s Bane

18 Sep 2013: Winter’s Bone (DVD, 2010, Debra Granik) The Sundance Film Festival, I become more and more convinced every time I see its recent products and prize-winners, is a place where mise-en-scène goes to die, where not only all … Continue reading

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Sex Expositive

11 Sep 2013: Sweet Movie (DVD, 1974, Dušan Makavejev) Like The Model Couple (above) and other similarly spirited films from the 70s this film has a good-humored lightness and a liberation from the smooth forms and stylistics of typical dramas … Continue reading

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