Tag Archives: The Law

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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Manchild in the Promised Land (1965, Claude Brown)

I haven’t read very much black literature or drug-culture literature or ghetto-life literature but I’ve never read anything that delves as deeply and as unpretentiously into such topics as this book, whose title and author I’d never heard of before … Continue reading

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Drowning Your Problems in Film

30 Oct 2013: Diabolique (DVD, 1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot) An unsung masterwork of horror and dread, this film, like Wages of Fear and Le Corbeau, demonstrates Clouzot’s expertise at generating a claustrophobic and atmospheric environment of suspicion and recrimination. It seems … Continue reading

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Haunting, Taunting, Daunting

20 Oct 2013: Empire of Passion (DVD, 1976, Nagisa Oshima) Though entirely different in its subject matter from the other films of Oshima I’ve seen, it too possesses the same sort of mystical eerieness that pervades the others. It’s not … Continue reading

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In Parliament’s Majestic Equality

18 Oct 2013 [BART strikes & AC Transit bus queues – good for reading]: Capital (Ch. 28, “Bloody Legislation against the Expropriated since the End of the Fifteenth Century. The Forcing Down of Wages by Act of Parliament,” 1867, Karl … Continue reading

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Dillinger No Dilly-Dallying Pillager

1 Oct 2013: Public Enemies (DVD, 2009, Michael Mann) Though at times I find myself wishing for more characterization from his films – again we have the mostly inexplicable instantaneous romantic attraction between a male protagonist (John Dillinger) and his … 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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