Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and Culture

The Landscape of History and the Power of Words: A Review of Ida (2013)

The disparities between Ida and Wanda are highly stylized in their clothing and language, in their habits of action, mannerisms, and attentiveness to momentary existence. The interplay between form and content make this movie memorable on a level deeper than mere descriptions can do. Watching Ida, with its understated musical score, sparse dialogue, quiet backgrounds, and suggestive imagery is an experience of deep and forceful subjectivity and awe, an experience not easily forgotten as the people on the screen disappear.

By |2019-04-22T21:47:47+00:00November 1st, 2018|Film Review, Review|0 Comments

On the Meaning of Things: Reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Today

Fahrenheit 451 is not a novel to encourage a pretentious bibliophilia. Indeed, when Montag finally meets outcast professors and readers in the final scenes, books are not seen as objects of beauty in and of themselves, as specialized, commodified, functional products created by a division of labor, but as spaces for acts of remembering: reflecting a theme persistent throughout the novel. “The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.”

By |2019-04-22T21:49:16+00:00April 24th, 2018|Book Review, Review|1 Comment