Honor

In Satrah, Punjab recently the esteem that had been cruelly stripped from one family was blissfully restored when Dilshad Bibi, acting with great dignity, honorably slashed open his daughter’s throat in front of a crowd of esteemed onlookers.

Happy Trails, Trigger!

Trigger warning! The New York Times reports about American undergrads pushing to have professors issue “trigger warnings” for great books that might be psychologically upsetting to students who have experienced trauma. Professors, a bit traumatized by ongoing efforts to turn their profession into a temp position and by those undergraduates who already see reading books…

The film is a saddening bore

Cinematic shorthand tends to make use of emblematic actions to visually represent certain eras: the 40s USO dance, 50s drag race, 60s protest, etc. These, usually collective, activities come to be how we visualize historical periods such that we wonder if those who lived through the periods but sat out the activities were really there.

The Apartment

Each year, New Year’s Eve brings to mind The Apartment, a film whose climax takes place on that evening. When you watch it next, note Shirley MacLaine’s great bit of acting as everyone at the party is singing Auld Lang Syne and her face radiates the melancholy of the holiday- our shared delusion of renewal…

Wait, it’s 2014!

Now, let us never speak of 2013 again. Clearly, the 13th year of a millennium is like the 13th floor of a building- leave it blank in the history books. The number of friends who’ve told me this was the “worst year” of their lives is staggering. It was certainly the worst year of mine…

Look at those Cavemen go!

Feeling bored the other day I attended a “punk rock matinee” at the local institution of higher drinking. How these happen is the owner of the punk rock record store around the corner books three or four teenage bands to come bang the bangers and strum the strummers and they charge five bucks at the…

Forget me not

Back before there were photographic school yearbooks, it was not uncommon for young people to have autograph books. They were small notebooks with hard covers that were small enough to fit in one’s pocket. Recently, I found two of them from ancestors of my mother’s father and these are some of the inscriptions I found…

Notes inspired by The House of Mirth

Is marriage an unsolvable problem? It certainly seems that way from the case studies offered in Western literature where happy marriages are few and far between and often of the long distance sort of Odysseus and Penelope who didn’t have to manage living together for twenty years. Barriers seem to foster romance- some of the…

Movie notes: The Killing of America

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Guns In America. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. We’re having this discussion because rampage shootings have occurred with enough frequency in recent years to bring to…