The telos of this website, its abiding purpose, is a record of the things that I have read and watched. For the reasons undergirding this project see what I’ve written about it.
— Hilton Als, White Girls, “GWTW”
— McCarthy, All the …, 40 pp.
— McCarthy, 50 pp.
— To Die For (1995)
Directed by Gus Van Sant, starring Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Matt Dillon. In the 1990s van Sant was an auteur identified with the independent films Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and My Own Private Idaho (1991).
— Misery (1990)
Directed by Rob Reiner, based on Stephen King‘s 1987 novel of the same name, starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, and Lauren Bacall.
— The Stepfather (1987), first 45 minutes.
Directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Terry O’Quinn and Jill Schoelen.
— McCarthy, 40 pp.
— The Imitation Game (2014)
Directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.
— McCarthy, All The .., 40 pp.
— Julian Isaac, Lina Bo Bardi—A Marvellous Entanglement (2019) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— NYRB on Felix Frankfurter’s judicial restraint, the personal essay
— James Baldwin, “Stranger in the Village”
— Serpico (1973)
— McCarthy, All .., 35 pp.
— Finished McCarthy, All The Pretty Horses
— Jorge Luis Borges, “Circular Ruins”
— Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
— NYRB on Edda Ciano (Mussolini), HBO, Syria amidst sanctions and earthquake
— Borges, “The Circular Ruins”, “The Lottery in Babylon”, “An Examination of the Works of Herbert Quain”
— Hannah Arendt‘s Introduction, “I. The Hunchback”, to Illuminations, a collection of essays by Walter Benjamin
— Als, “Philosopher or Dog” about Louise Little in the Autobiography of Malcolm X
— The Final Countdown (1980)
The movie tells the story of a late 20th-century American aircraft carrier leaving Pearl Harbor and encountering a bizarre storm that inexplicably transports the ship back 40 years to Dec. 6th, 1941.
— Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil (Arthur Symons translation), 15 pp.
— MH370: The Plane that Disappeared (2023), #1
The mere existence of this silly series is a sad testament to the violence we are willing to do to tragic events for the sake of our pathetic desire to be entertained. Socrates mentions, in the Republic, I think, a moment that he gave into his eyes’ desire to look upon a corpse and his disgust in it. Reason leads us to a relatively prosaic conclusion that the plane and its passengers were lost. Their dignities as humans demands restraining such pathetic imaginations.
— Hereditary (2018)
Happily I report that audiences were unimpressed by this film. Corroboration of my opinion that popular approbation or otherwise offers no guidance to genuine quality.
I’m quite impressed with the film.
— 1899 (2022), #1-2
And so this strange story begins.