Monday, January 12, 2015

Resources for January 12, 2015

Sacco, Joe. "On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks." The Guardian (January 9, 2015)

Wolf, Sherry. "Who Needs Gender?: A Marxist Analysis." We Are Many (June 26, 2014)

Bernstein, Arielle and Nelson Carvajal. "The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films: A Video Essay." Press Play (January 2, 2015)

Donelan, Loretta. "New Inherent Vice Trailer Is Painfully ‘70s, But How Does It Stack Up to Other Trailers From That Decade? — VIDEO." Bustle (January 9, 2015)

Johnson, Ragina. "From Fish-ins to Sit-ins: Native Resistance in the ‘50s and ‘60s." We Are Many (June 26, 2014)

Guo, Jeff. "The protesters who are trying to upend the ‘fantasy world’ of economics: At a gathering of America's top economists, a small group of students is battling for the soul of economics." The Washington Post (January 5, 2015)

Lando, Barry. "Fanning the Flames of Fear: Fractured France." The Smirking Chimp (January 11, 2015)

Inherent Vice (USA: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

claque \KLAK\

noun 1 : a group hired to applaud at a performance; 2 : a group of sycophants

The senator seems to have a claque of influential supporters in the media who are willing to endorse his every move.

"But the program has gone by the boards now, the victim of an activist federal judge and a claque of feckless politicians." — Bob McManus, The New York Post, July 1, 2014

The word claque might call to mind the sound of a clap, and that's no accident. Claque is a French borrowing that descends from the verb claquer, meaning "to clap," and the noun claque, meaning "a clap." Those French words in turn originated in imitation of the sound associated with them. English speakers borrowed claque in the 19th century. At that time, the practice of infiltrating audiences with hired members was very common to French theater culture. Claque members received money and free tickets to laugh, cry, shout—and of course clap—in just the right spots, hopefully influencing the rest of the audience to do the same.

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