Saturn Devouring His Son: On Francisco Goya and Today’s Generational Conflict

Few images evoke the acrimonious relationship between America's younger generations and the old fogies that govern us more than Francisco Goya's early-1800s painting: Saturn Devouring His Son. In this Romantic-era masterwork, the gigantic Titan feasts on one of his children with startling savagery. According to the myth, Saturn decided to chow down due to his…Read more Saturn Devouring His Son: On Francisco Goya and Today’s Generational Conflict

TV Review: The White Lotus – The Complete First Season

Hello to all my thousands if not millions of loyal readers out there. By now, you likely know what I am going to say with these kinds of posts. Despite my nearly constant proclamations of quitting the reviewing game, I just can’t stay away. I am, more or less, a Daniel Day-Lewis, Hayao Miyazaki and…Read more TV Review: The White Lotus – The Complete First Season

On Ben Rhodes and the Dangerous Fecklessness of Modern Democrats

"During my decade as a speechwriter for Barack Obama, he used to say that our entire job was to tell a really good story about America." - Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting for Barack Obama What is America and who gets to define it? Ben Rhodes' recent piece…Read more On Ben Rhodes and the Dangerous Fecklessness of Modern Democrats

Burnham’s Long Defeat: On “All Eyes on Me,” Tolkien and the Prospect of Eucastrophe

"Together through the ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.”- Lady Galadriel to Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Late in Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, Lady Galadriel speaks to the novel’s protagonist, Frodo Baggins, about how she has fought the “long defeat” for literal…Read more Burnham’s Long Defeat: On “All Eyes on Me,” Tolkien and the Prospect of Eucastrophe

On Freaky and the Horrifying Connection Between Meat and Mind

Freaky, the enormously entertaining 2020 body-switch horror-comedy, is a movie that straddles several different genres. Yet more than anything it’s a coming-of-age story. While hardly a novel subject, the film also stages a discourse on bodies, on human meat, which allows for a resonant and interesting take on its tried-and-true story. Freaky proposes that bodies are central…Read more On Freaky and the Horrifying Connection Between Meat and Mind

TV Review: The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (2020)

Recently, I had the treat of watching and reviewing the second season of The Alienist, subtitled as Angel of Darkness. While not a towering entry into the genre of serial killer entertainment, it is an effective and, at times, surprisingly touching character piece. It is also beautifully acted and contains production values of a caliber…Read more TV Review: The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (2020)