Sunday, June 28, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 28, 2020

What a bold choice after Jennifer Kent was crowned with global acclaim for her debut Babadook, A masterpiece of the "revenge" genre carried out with unflinching conviction and narrative force. I'm perplexed by those that claim that this film is too violent. Our culture is littered with pointless and extreme violence in its entertainments. Maybe it is that this film's critique of violence is focused on the violence by those entrusted to supposedly "serve and protect." Maybe it is the exposure of the murderous racist agenda of settler colonialism? Maybe it is its representation of misogynistic violence? I look forward to Ms. Kent's next film.

Bastek, Stephanie. "The Antebellum Feminine Mystique."The American Scholar (June 12, 2020) ["Contrary to fables, white female slave owners in the South were just as deeply invested in the institution as their male counterparts."]

Brown, Wendy. "A Neoliberal Pandemic." Economics & Beyond (June 18, 2020) ["UC Berkeley political theorist Wendy Brown talks to Rob Johnson about how the pandemic and protests against police brutality lay bare a crisis of neoliberalism."]

Goi, Leonardo. "The Current Debate: Race and Politics in Da 5 Bloods." Notebook (June 18, 2020)

Hoberman, J. "La Religieuse, a Culture War Casualty of 1960s France." The New York Times (January 2, 2019)

Janz, Bruce. "Theses on Freedom." (Academic Website: May 1, 2020)

Rubinstein, Bessie. "As A Woman In America, Always: Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always." Another Gaze (April 13, 2020)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "True History of the Kelly Gang." Roger Ebert (April 24, 2020)

Siddiqui, Gohar. "Docudrama’s blurred boundaries: Truth and fiction in Afghani cinema." Jump Cut #59 (Fall 2019)

Tafoya, Scout. "Gone with the Wind." Letterboxd (June 26, 2020)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Samuel Biagetti: History/Podcaster

Biagetti, Samuel. "Back to the Dark Age: How People Adapted to the Fall of the Roman Empire." Historiansplaining (February 6, 2020) ["What did people do when the Roman empire fell apart around them? Recent scholarship, based on new archeological discoveries and techniques, argues that in the "dark" centuries between 450 and 750 AD, the people of western Europe, from conquering kings to ordinary peasants, improvised new political alliances, maintained law and order, improved the productivity of their land, and invented new crafts and art forms, building a resilient and inventive society on the foundations (often literally) of the old. "]

---. "The Eye of the Tiger." Killing the Buddha (January 3, 2013)

---. "Freemasonry: Its Origins, Its Myths, Its Rituals." Historiansplaining (July 2020)

---. "History of the British and Irish Travellers." Historiansplaining (June 15, 2021) ["Travellers, Tinkers, Gypsies, Kale, Scottish Travellers, Gypsy Travellers, Romani Gypsies, Romanichal, Pavee, Showmen, Van People, Boat People, Bargers – All of these multivarious peoples, with different ancestries, religions, and traditions, their different languages, dialects, and “cants,” share in common a longstanding itinerant lifestyle and the distinct identity that stems from it. Roving all around the British Isles and sometimes settling down, the various tribes of Travellers have provided metal goods, horses, music, and entertainment to British and Irish markets for centuries, but have become the flashpoint of political fury and even of violence in the twenty-first century."]

---. "History of the Roma ("Gypsies"), part 1 -- From Ancient Origins to the Eighteenth Century." Historiansplaining (May 14, 2021) ["Who are the Roma -- also colloquially called "Gypsies"? Where did they come from, and how did they end up all over Europe? How have they endured through persecution, expulsions, and political upheaval, without a state or country of their own? We trace the path of this remarkable and resilient people from their mysterious origins in India to their arrival in Constantinople and medieval Europe and through the wave of persecution and ethnic cleansing in the 1600s."]

---. "History of the Roma ("Gypsies"), part 2 -- A Stateless People in Modern Europe." Historiansplaining (May 21, 2021) ["We follow how the Roma or Gypsies rose to a period of toleration and even renown as the quintessential musical masters of the Romantic era, only to fall under renewed persecution and suppression in the twentieth century, culminating in the Nazi Holocaust -- called the "Devouring" in Romani. We consider the lives of remarkable Roma of the modern age, such as the boxer Johann Trollmann and jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, the birth of a pan-Roma identity movement in the 1970s, the anti-Roma backlash of the 2010s, and finally the possibility that the Roma may be drawn into the geopolitical maneuverings of modern India."]

---. "In the Ocean of Land: The History of Central Asia (Pt. 1)." Historiansplaining (August 8, 2019) ["We consider the vast sweep of Central Asian history, from the first nomads to tame the horse and gain mastery of the steppes, to the splendrous cities of the first Silk Road, to the rise of Ghenghis Khan. Few Westerners learn the dizzyingly complex and tumultuous history of Central Asia, even though it forms the linchpin connecting all the major civilizations of the Old World, from Europe to Persia to China. Finally, we consider the unsettling paradox of the Mongol empire, which fostered a vibrant cosmopolitanism at the same time that it brutally repressed subject peoples."]

---. "In the Ocean of Land: The History of Central Asia (Pt. 2)." Historiansplaining (August 13, 2019) ["We trace how the conquests of the infamous Tamerlane, the “great game” of imperial rivalry, and the revolutions of modern Russia shaped the map of central Asia that we see today. We consider how contemporary central Asians try to navigate the dangerous shoals of environmental disaster and rampant corruption, often while tethered to older Islamic, Turko-Mongolic, and nomadic traditions -- particularly in the looming shadow of a resurgent China."]

---. "Making the Modern State: Spain, Portugal, and the Inquisition." Historiansplaining (February 5, 2018) ["European monarchs’ early quest to consolidate royal power and establish their subjects’ direct loyalty to the crown. In particular, we trace the early triumphs and slow declines of the Spanish and Portuguese monarchs, driven by the pioneering ambitions of Isabella of Castile, Philip II of Spain, John II of Portugal, and the formidable Marques de Pombal. We also examine the workings of the Spanish Inquisition, which served as a crucial cornerstone of the modern bureaucratic state, with its systems of mass surveillance, ideological propaganda, and obsession with extracting confessions from the accused. Suggested further reading: Henry Kamen, "Golden Age Spain" and "The Spanish Inquisition.""]

---. "The Masons are Still Segregated." Killing the Buddha (October 2, 2009)

---. "Modernity's Fraternity." Killing the Buddha (September 27, 2009)

---. "Myth of the Month 1: The Enlightenment." Historiansplaining (April 2018) ["There was no Enlightenment. Steven Pinker’s new book, “Enlightenment Now,” is a classic re-statement of the myth of the Enlightenment which holds that in the 1600s and 1700s, Europeans threw off the tired dogmas of the Middle Ages and embraced a new philosophy of Reason, Progress, Science, and Humanism. In fact, the 1700s were a period of confusion, with no clear unifying ideas or trends: occultism, mysticism, and absolute monarchy flourished alongside experiments in democracy and chemistry. “The Enlightenment” forms one of the central pillars of Whig history, serving to re-affirm the notion that our present-day beliefs and values are rational and coherent."]

---. "Myth of the Month 4: Secularization -- or, Send in the Nones." Historiansplaining (June 11, 2019) ["Do societies become more "secular" as they become modern? Do science, technology, or democracy weaken religious belief? We consider theories of secularization ranging from Max Weber's story of "disenchantment" to Charles Taylor's "A Secular Age." Current survey data show a dramatic rise in the number of "nones" -- those who do not adhere to any particular religious group, even though most of them still pray, read scriptures, or express belief in God."]

---. "Myth of the Month 6: Political Left and Right." Historiansplaining (January 2020) ["As new political parties -- left-populists, neo-fascists, and secessionists -- rapidly rise and fall across Europe and other Western countries, and spontaneous protests blur partisan boundaries in the streets of Paris, the old left-to-right scale of political ideology is just not working. What value does this one-dimensional model of politics have, and where did it come from? In fact, it has to do with where you sit at a formal dinner party."]

---. "Myth of the Month 9: The US Constitution and the Origins of the Senate and Electoral College." Historiansplaining (September 2019) ["Why does our government work the way it does? Is it supposed to represents citizens, or states? We consider the origins of the U. S. Constitution, particularly the creation of the controversial bodies (Senate and Electoral College) that represent the public in skewed and disproportionate ways. We dispel the false notion that these bodies were created in order to protect small states, tracing instead the Framers' quest to tamp down the "excess of democracy" of the 1780s, wrest control over monetary policy away from the poor majority, and strike a careful balance between slave and non-slave states."]

---. "Myth of the Month 17: Anglo-Saxonism." Historiansplaining (June 27, 2021) ["Who the heck are the "Anglo-Saxons," and why are Americans getting all lathered up about "Anglo-Saxon institutions"? Find out where the Anglo-Saxon myth came from and how over the past three hundred years it's been used to justify Parliamentary supremacy, the Rhodes Scholarship, the American entry into World War I, immigration restrictions, and college admission quotas. You never knew you were suffering under the Norman yoke, but now you do."]

---. The Myths We Make: Using the Past as an Ideological Tool." Historiansplaining (2018) ["All of history is, to one degree or another, mythology -- the weaving of a coherent, usable narrative out of the chaos of people's lives. We consider how societies all over the world, since before the beginning of civilization, have developed myths to explain the world that they experience. We also trace some of the major schools of academic history, which have tried to fashion overarching storylines to give meaning to human struggles -- from Biblical providential history to Marxism to postmodernism. We begin by examining the most central myth of the origins of American society: the "first Thanksgiving.""]

---. "The Print and Gunpowder Revolutions." Historiansplaining (January 23, 2018) ["The early modern era – from the 1400s through the 1700s – is the monarchical age par excellence, with royal courts presiding over consolidated realms and monstrous armies capable of crushing smaller neighbors and internal rivals. The map of Europe transformed, and the reasons were, firstly, technological: the printing press broke through previous barriers to the creation of texts, allowing for the rapid spread of new ideas and propaganda, while new infantry tactics and gunpowder allowed royal governments to batter down the power of mounted knights and castles. Society became ever more centered on royal power and patronage, leaving behind a vestigial nobility to seek out a new role in the world or give way to nostalgia, as dramatized in the first great psychological novel, Don Quixote. We conclude by considering Cervantes’ novel as a touchstone of the shift from the medieval world, where reality is defined by social relationships, to the modern, where reality is defined by the senses."]

---. "The Road to Civil War: Class Conflict and Constitutional Crisis in Stuart England, 1603-1650." Historiansplaining (September 28, 2019) ["Struggles between chief executives and legislatures are dominating the news on both sides of the Atlantic, as Americans debate impeachment and the UK is engulfed by a Brexistential crisis. Most of the terms and precedents for these struggles go back to the 1600s and King Charles I's efforts to govern without the support of Parliament, which led to political backlash, civil war, and social upheaval from the halls of Westminster to the smallest peasant farmsteads."]

---. "Spanish and Portuguese Expansion and the Conquest of the Americas." Historiansplaining (2018) ["We trace how Portugal and Spain, two previously marginal European kingdoms, rapidly and unexpectedly exploded onto the world scene, building a chain of fortified colonies stretching from North Africa to China, and conquering the larger and richer empires of Mexico and Peru. The early Iberian colonizers sought to continue the tradition of the Crusades and the Reconquista, and saw their foreign conquests as steps towards retaking Jerusalem; the benefited not only from superior weaponry and navigation, but from cataclysmic disease epidemics that brought the Pre-Columbian empires to their knees."]

Biagetti, Samuel and Sonia Saraiy‪a‬. "Through a Glass Darkly: The 1980s Through Current Television." Historiansplaining (February 17, 2020) ["What is with the spate of 1980s themes on current "prestige" television? Is it Gen. X. nostalgia for their youthful days in suburban malls? Or something more? Television critic Sonia Saraiya discusses how our unresolved identity crises seem to have led us into a fascination with the last years of the Cold War, and with the secret mistakes and machinations that took place on both sides of the old Iron Curtain."]

Friday, June 26, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 26, 2020

Ford, Phil and J.F. Martel. "Below the Abyss: On Bergson's Metaphysics." Weird Studies #76 (June 24, 2020) ["According to the French philosopher Henri Bergson, there are two ways of knowing the world: through analysis or through intuition. Analysis is our normal mode of apprehension. It involves knowing what's out there through the accumulation and comparison of concepts. Intuition is a direct engagement with the absolute, with the world as it exists before we starting tinkering with it conceptually. Bergson believed that Western metaphysics erred from the get-go when it gave in to the all-too-human urge to take the concepts by which we know things for the things themselves. His entire oeuvre was an attempt to snap us out of that spell and plug us directly into the flow of pure duration, that primordial time that is the real Real. In this episode, JF and Phil discuss the genius -- and possible limitations -- of his metaphysics."]

Grey, Orrin and Tyler Unsell. "Gags the Clown and Cosmic Horror." Signal Horizons (April 16, 2020) ["A small city in Wisconsin is terrorized by a mysterious clown who roams the streets late at night with nothing more than a handful of black balloons. The local news stations scramble to break the story on who he is and what he wants while a group of high schoolers see the clown’s arrival as an excuse to create a little trouble themselves. The police try to maintain order in a city that has gone clown crazy and a conservative podcast host vows to put a stop to the clown known as Gags while broadcasting his “clown hunt” on social media for the world to see."]

Harrison, Robert Pogue. "Happy Hour with Jimi Hendrix."Entitled Opinions (April 17, 2020)

Kafer, Gary. "Surveillance capitalism and its racial discontents." Jump Cut #59 (Fall 2019)

Kasman, Daniel. "Between Day and Night: Bertrand Bonello Discusses Zombi Child." Notebook (May 30, 2019)

Penny Slinger: Exhibitions (Link to her art. Description of the documentary (link goes to trailer) Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows: is the incredible untold story of the pioneering British artist Penny Slinger, who came of age in London’s 1960s counter-culture with a radical vision of female sexuality. So powerful was this body of work that 45 years later its influence can still be felt."]

Bullfrog Films presents...AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock from Bullfrog Films on Vimeo.

Roehl, Emily. "Deep histories and fluid futures in Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock." Jump Cut #59 (Fall 2019) ["“I am not dreaming. I am awake. I have been woken by the spirit inside that demanded I open my eyes and see the world around me, see that my children’s future was imperiled. See that my life couldn’t wait in slumber anymore. See that I was honored to be among those who are awake, to be alive at this point in time, to see the rising of the Oceti Sakowin, to see the gathering of the nations and beyond that, the gathering of all races and all faiths. Will you wake up and dream with us? Will you join our dream? Will you join us?” - Floris White Bull"  To watch the film]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 23, 2020

"Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995) by Octavia Butler." Sherds (December 5, 2019) ["Octavia Butler’s Bloochild and Other Stories was originally published in 1995. The book collects seven stories from throughout Butler’s career, and in this episode we focus on the title story, which depicts a social and sexual relationship between humans and a race of alien beings. Later, we discuss the penultimate story in the collection, Amnesty, which explores the complexities of confrontation with the alien other.  Over the course of the episode, we examine the degree to which the stories may be said to engage with slavery and American history, and consider Butler’s implementation of the ‘pregnant man’ motif."]

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. "Generous Thinking." This is Not a Pipe (August 1, 2019) ["Kathleen Fitzpatrick discusses her book Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving The University with Chris Richardson. 'We once, at least for a very brief moment, understood that the purpose of higher education was not just individual in nature but that it served a social good for us to have a broadly educated public equipped with the tools for social mobility.'"]

Ford, Phil and J.F. Martel. "The Medium is the Message." Weird Studies #71 (April 15, 2020) ["On the surface, the phrase "the medium is the message," prophetic as it may have been when Marshall McLuhan coined it, points a now-obvious fact of our wired world, namely that the content of any medium is less important than its form. The advent of email, for instance, has brought about changes in society and culture that are more far-reaching than the content of any particular email. On the other hand, this aphorism of McLuhan's has the ring of an utterance of the Delphic Oracle. As Phil proposes in this episode of Weird Studies, it is an example of what Zen practitioners call a koan, a statement that occludes and illumines in equal measures, a jewel whose shining surface is an invitation to descend into dark depths. Join JF and Phil as they discuss the mystical and cosmic implications of McLuhan's oracular vision."]

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch." See Hear #72 (May 7, 2020) ["Hmmm. It seems like what the world really needs now is a discussion between Bernie, Tim and Maurice about the 2001 film starring, written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”.  Hedwig Robinson used to be Hansel Schmidt. Following a botched gender reassignment, Hedwig isn't really certain of what her identity actually is. She's touring around America with her band playing to patrons of seafood restaurants – partly to stalk ex-lover, Tommy Gnosis, but also partly as a form of therapy explaining her life via song to her audiences (both on screen and those of us watching the film). We discuss split personalities, Frankenstein, French crime films, rock music and wigging out. We're ecstatic to be back in your earholes and talking about wonderful movies. We hope you're happy to welcome us back into your monthly podcast listening experience. You'll never Tear Us Down!!!!!"]
Lesage, Julia. "12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation: Two Moments of Representing Race." Jump Cut #59 (Fall 2019)

Levin, Sam. "'America told us to get over it': Black Vietnam veterans hail Spike Lee film that finally tells their story." The Guardian (May 23, 2020)

Simmons, William J. "On Affect and Criticality in Steve McQueen's Widows." Jump Cut #59 (Fall 2019)

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 20, 2020

Alpert, Roger. "Clint Eastwood's The Mule: An Old Man's Tale." Jump Cut #59 (Fall 2019)

Batsakis, Joanna Elena. "Dennis Hopper’s Pop Art Misery: Revisiting the Image of the American Flag for Easy Rider's Fiftieth Anniversary." Film Criticism 43.4 (2019)

Constable, Catherine. "Under the Skin: Cosmology and Individuation." Movie #7 (2017): 31 - 34.

Featherstone, Liza. "Consumer Society and the Curation of Culture." Citations Needed (November 21, 2018) ["Focus groups have long-been derided by the left, right, and center for watering down culture and reducing creative and political endeavors to dull, show-of-hand reductionism. But what if focus groups – which first arose from socialist experiments in 1920s Vienna – are not inherently bad? What if they've simply been exploited by the capitalist class and could, potentially, have much to offer a left-wing, democratic vision of the world? We are joined by author and professor Liza Featherstone to discuss the problems and potential of the much-maligned, but often scapegoated, focus group."]

"Gimme Shelter." See Hear #62 (March 25, 2019) ["Tim, Sticky (Fingers) and Maurice delve into the documentary about disaster that was The Rolling Stones' free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. The Stones were finishing up their first American tour in 3 years....hugely successful artistically coming after two of the greatest albums in their back catalogue, Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed. The tour infamously ended in tragedy when a San Franciscan chapter of the Hells Angels were hired by the Stones to provide security for the payment of $500 worth of beer. From 2019, this does not look to be world's best business practice....needless to say, things didn't go well. Members of the audience (and Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane) were beaten by the Angels, they had contempt for the band they were supposedly guarding, and by day's end, Meredith Hunter, a concert goer was pronounced dead after being stabbed by a member of the Angels. David and Albert Mayles and Charlotte Zwerin were looking to make a bog standard documentary about the Stones' US tour of 1969....instead, their cameras captured events that many have said kicked the idealism of the 1960s to the curb. We discuss the way the drama of the film is presented, other films featuring the Rolling Stones as subject matter, the image of the band as opposed to the reality, and whether they learned anything as a result. Who was complicit in Meredith's murder? Be aware some of the subject matter may be a little distressing."]

Hickel, Jason. "The Neoliberal Optimism Industry." Citations Needed #58 (November 28, 2018) ["We're told the world is getting better all the time. In January, The New York Times' Nick Kristof explained "Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History." The same month, Harvard professor and Bill Gates' favorite optimist Steven Pinker lamented (in a special edition of Time magazine guest edited by - who else? - Bill Gates) the “bad habits of media... bring out the worst in human cognition”. By focusing so much on negative things, the theory goes, we are tricked into thinking things are getting worse when, in reality, it's actually the opposite. For the TEDtalk set, that the world is awesome and still improving is self-evidently true - just look at the data. But how true is this popular axiom? How accurate is the portrayal that the world is improving we so often seen in sexy, hockey stick graphs of upward growth and rapidly declining poverty? And how, exactly, are the powers that be "measuring" improvements in society? On this episode, we take a look at the ideological project of telling us everything's going swimmingly, how those in power cook the books and spin data to make their case for maintaining the status quo, and how The Neoliberal Optimism Industry is, at its core, an anti-intellectual enterprise designed to lull us into complacency and political impotence."]

Koresky, Michael, Nicolas Rapold and Maddie Whittle.  "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood." The Film Comment Podcast (July 31, 2019) ["Tarantino’s latest made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival, and now it’s finding great success in theaters. All of that despite being a change of pace for the director. The film is set in the twilight period of 1969, in a small world of Hollywood actors, bit players, and movie and TV productions, alongside more fringe elements of society represented by the Manson Family. Though the specter of the murderous cult leader lurks throughout, Once Upon a Time is a largely affectionate movie, with a lot of room to hang out in, and terrific actors to hang out with: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, among others. To discuss the film, Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold sat down with Michael Koresky, longtime FC contributor and co-editor of Reverse Shot, and Maddie Whittle, programming assistant at Film at Lincoln Center. Listeners beware: in order to talk about the movie’s accomplishments and significance, we do talk about the story in full, including parts of the plot that have, to date, been kept under wraps."]

Martin, Alfred L., Jr. "Racquel J. Gates, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2018)." Film Criticism 44.3 (Spring 2019)

McCleerey, Mark. "Bohemian Normativity: Bohemian Rhapsody and the New Heteronormal." Film Criticism 44.3 (2019)

Zeric, Arijana. "Return to the Self: Agnès Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7." Film Criticism 44.3 (2019)

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 18, 2020

Biesen, Sheri Chinen. "Flags à la Noir: Reframing Patriotism in the Post-War Films of Fred Zinnemann." Film Criticism 44.3 (2019)

Brody, Richard. "Shirley: Josephine Decker’s Furious Melodrama of Shirley Jackson’s Life and Art." The New Yorker (June 4, 2020)

Collins, Brian, et al. "Polymath Robert Eisler: Episode 1 Man Into Wolf." New Books in Biography (June 9, 2020) ["In this episode, we discuss how I discovered Robert Eisler’s Man into Wolf: An Anthropological Interpretation of Sadism, Masochism, and Lycanthropy and unpack the book’s argument that modern humans are descended from primates who imitated the hunting practices and pack hierarchies of wolves during the scarcity of the ice age. We also hear from a crime novelist and a sociologist who were inspired by Man into Wolf in their own work and examine Eisler’s take on evolution."]

Curnow, James. "History and Myth in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers." Film Criticism 44.3 (2019)

Giovannesi, Claudio. "Piranhas." Film at Lincoln Center Podcast (July 31, 2019) ["The Berlinale Silver Bear winner, co-written and directed by Claudio Giovannesi, is a singular coming-of-age story and a haunting reflection on doomed adolescence. The film was the Opening Night selection of our Open Roads: New Italian Cinema festival earlier this year, where the director joined programmer Florence Almozini for a Q&A."]

Johnson, Hannibal B. "'Disruptor on Road to Reconciliation': Trump Doubles Down on Rally in Tulsa, Site of 1921 Massacre." Democracy Now (June 17, 2020) ["President Donald Trump says he will push ahead with a massive campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, even as COVID cases are surging there as the state reopens. Trump delayed the rally by one day after it was originally scheduled for June 19, Juneteenth, a celebration marking the emancipation of enslaved people. Tulsa is also the site of one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history, when a white mob in 1921 killed as many as 300 people in a thriving African American business district. “The rally is troubling to a lot of people because of both the venue, Tulsa, and because of the timing,” says Hannibal B. Johnson, attorney and author of “Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District.”"]

Küçük, Serdar. "Bird Box and Apathetic Blindness." Film Criticism 43.3 (2019)

Monday, June 15, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 15, 2020

Andrews, Kehinde (Interviewed by Brad Evans). "Histories of Violence: We We All Should Read Malcolm X Today." Los Angeles Review of Books (June 1, 2020)

Brody, Richard. "Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods: Vietnam and the Never-Ending War of Being Black in America." The New Yorker (June 13, 2020)

Hanes, Jay Michael and Eleanor Wiseman. "Defending Irony in the Face of the Inevitable: Jim Jarmusch and Friends." Film Criticism 43.3 (2019)

Kahle, Trish. "Teaching in an Uprising: Readings on Race and Democracy." Black Perspectives (June 2, 2020)

Rollins, Rachel. "Inequality and Injustice." Open Source (June 11, 2020) ["The job at hand is coming to terms with American reality, 400 years of history and day-to-day evidence in work and wealth gaps, in health and hierarchy, in criminal injustice and scandalous policing. The charge is racism, and in a national roar of response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the leading prescription seems to be anti-racism. That includes both quiet introspection and very public reordering of public-safety enforcement, for starters. Change is coming, and in a few instances like the one we’re dwelling on this hour, change has already come. Rachael Rollins got elected District Attorney two years ago for Boston and the adjoining cities of Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere. Her campaign promise was to change the system – to de-carcerate criminal justice; to decriminalize poverty, drug disorders and mental illness; to drop prosecutions of a dozen or more petty crimes, like shoplifting and carrying drug paraphernalia."]

"Safer Sex and COVID-19." NYC Health (June 8, 2020)

Sered, Danielle. "Repairing Justice: An Alternative to Prison." On the Media (July 31, 2019)  ["We’ve talked about how the law-and-order approach doesn’t work, and that we don’t want to keep locking people in jail for every infraction. But that raises the question: what, then, do we do to address injustice when it appears? Rather than the isolation and violence that prison breeds, some advocates are pushing for a new approach… one based not on punishment, but on truth and reconciliation. It’s called "restorative justice," and in this podcast extra, Bob speaks with Danielle Sered, executive director of Common Justice and a pioneer of the practice."]

Sherwood, Ryan. "Shell Shocked: On The Laundromat’s Welcome Abrasiveness."  Film Criticism 43.3 (2019)

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Archive of Resources for Teaching about BLM movement and nationwide protests

Black Lives Matter: What We Believe

Policing in America:

One of the best documentaries of the militarization of policing in America and its racist/class-based focus. The entire film is from the perspective of law enforcement and the filmmaker is the son of a decorated swat officer - stunning inside view of 21st Century policing in America:
Do Not Resist ["Do Not Resist documents, from the perspective of the police, their view of the social unrest following the shooting and killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, 2014, against a backdrop of the routine and escalating use of military tactics and high-powered weaponry by local police forces throughout the United States in the past two decades. Military equipment deployed throughout the Middle East returns home to be used against the citizenry. Local police recruitment and training is awash in military commandments backed by views of escalating ‘righteous’ violence and sadism. Meanwhile curfews are imposed, along with frivolous drug raids and incessant racial profiling. The voices of concerned citizens ignored. What is the cultural and technological trajectory here?"]  This conversation with the director Craig Atkinson after a screening is equally enlightening.

FBI classification of what is a hate crime.

Public Books archive of writings concerning police brutality

Dukes, Georgina. "When My Beautiful Black Boy Grows from Cute to a Threat." All Mom Does (May 11, 2020)

Mass Incarceration:

["13th explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States, as titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which purported to abolish slavery throughout the United States and end involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime. The film contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through criminalising behaviour and enabling police to arrest poor enslaved people and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weighs more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of colour in the United States. 13th examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, discussing how much money is being made by corporations from mass incarcerations."]

Racism and Anti-Racism:

Daniel Immerwahr: History of US Empire

55 minutes, but well worth it. A.C. Thompson's "Documenting Hate: Charlottesville"

Douglas Blackmon: Slavery by Another Name

Equal Justice Initiative [Archive for the founder Bryan Stevenson and the EJI website is loaded with resources - check out the Our Work section.]

Films About Black Power (Thought Maybe)

History of Eugenics

How White Nationalism Became Normal Online (18 mins)

["In 1979, author and activist James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House, which was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But eight years later, Baldwin died, leaving behind 30 completed pages. I Am Not Your Negro is a film of the book that was not finished, offering an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin’s crucial observations on race relations in the United States, with a flood of rich archival footage. The film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter, questioning black representation in the United States and beyond." You can watch I Am Not Your Negro here.]

Malcolm X: The Bullet or the Ballot [Introduction to and an audio version of]

Mayer, Danny. "Tom Turner, Part 1." North of Center (January 17, 2020) [Mayer is a BCTC Humanities professor who has been researching and documenting lynching sites/history in Fayette County as part of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice's  Community Remembrance Project.    Mayer has also been doing a series called Travel with Jo on youtube and episode #5 is on gentrification in Lexington's northside

More Syllabi/Archives/Resources:

ASC Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice Teaching Resources

Black Perspectives (blog of the African-American Intellectual History Society)



William J. Barber II: Protestant Minister/Poor People's Campaign/Political Science/Public Policy

Performative Arts:

I'm Not Racist by Joyner Lucas
(This is tough, but powerful... have to watch to the end. Does have curse words & harsh language)

This is America by Childish Gambino

Formation by Beyonce (USA: Melina Matsoukas, 2016: 3 mins and 26 secs)


Jamesetta Tambah
May 29 at 12:52 PM

Hello Friends and Loved Ones,

I wanted to post on my page this list I have complied from my own reading, and with the help of the amazing individuals God has placed in my life, to help anyone who wants to be more educated on the racial events that have occurred throughout our history and need help on how to take action. I hope it finds you well and it is helpful. There is obviously so many more books, articles, films, etc. that you can find, but I hope this is a start.



Resources to Help Educate Individuals on White Supremacy and Racism throughout History and a Reading Guide to Take Action to Dismantle the Systems of Oppression Against People of Color:
The Struggle of being a person of color in America

Preface: My work is now done with educating you on White Privilege, Racism, injustices, inequity, etc. Now it is your job to take the responsibility for yourself and educate yourself. I have given you ample resources to learn about the struggle of people of color and how white individuals play a part in the suffering. These resources will also help inspire you and many articles will explain how to also take action. Thank you for taking action in advance. I have listed 3 contacts that want to speak to you if you have any further questions, concerns, fears, sadness, and anger.

Thank you,

-Jamesetta Finda Tambah


Netflix films/Series:
- [ ] 13th
- [ ] When They See Us (Series)
- [ ] Fruitvale Station
- [ ] Dear White People (Series)
- [ ] Do The Right Thing
- [ ] Insecure (light comedy, that normalizes the black experience, specifically black female experience)
- [ ] Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
- [ ] American Son

- [ ] Birth of a nation
- [ ] The Hate U Give
- [ ] Imperium
- [ ] Malcolm X
- [ ] Queen and Slim
- [ ] Race the power of Illusion
- [ ] Harvest of Empire (Youtube)
- [ ] Kalief Browder
- [ ] Joan Trumpauer Muljolland
- [ ] Virginia V. LOVE
- [ ] PBS Many Rivers to Cross
- [ ] The Canary Effect
- [ ] Selma
- [ ] Hidden Figures
- [ ] Black Panther


Black identity:
- [ ] I am here - Austin Channing Brown
- [ ] New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
- [ ] I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin
- [ ] Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
- [ ] Why are ask the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria ? - Beverly Daniel Tatum
- [ ] The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
- [ ] The Racial Healing Workbook - Anneliese A. Singh
- [ ] The Blacker the Berry - Wallace Thurman
- [ ] The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- [ ] Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - Joy DeGruy
- [ ] Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
- [ ] The Minority Experience - Adrian Pei
- [ ] Do All Lives Matter? Wayne Gordon & John M. Perkins
- [ ] Backlash - George Yancy
- [ ] Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
- [ ] Ain’t I A Woman? - bell hooks
- [ ] Citizen - Claudia Rankine
- [ ] Slavery by Another Name - Douglas A. Blackmon
- [ ] Racism without Racist - Edwardo B. Silver
- [ ] All American Boys - Jason Reynolds
- [ ] Native Son- Richard Wright
- [ ] Rethinking Incarcerations: Advocating for Justice That Restores - Dominique DuBois Gilliard
- [ ] Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
- [ ] Stamped From the Beginning - Ibram X. Kendi
- [ ] When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Role of whiteness
- [ ] White Awake - Daniel Hill
- [ ] White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
- [ ] White Rage - Carol Anderson
- [ ] Waking Up White - Debby Irving
- [ ] So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
- [ ] How to Be an Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi
- [ ] Power, Privilege, and difference - Allan G. Johnson
- [ ] The Color of Compromise - Jemar Tisby
- [ ] Me and White Supremacy - Layla Saad

Christian perspective
- [ ] Divided by Faith - Michael Emerson
- [ ] The Trouble I’ve Seen Changing the way the Church views Racism - Drew Hart
- [ ] Where Do We Go From here: Chaos or Community? - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- [ ] A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School - Carlotta Walls and Lisa Frazier Page
- [ ] Woke Church - Eric Mason
- [ ] Rediscipling the white church - David W. Swanson

- [ ] The 1619 Project Most everything I would suggest had been posted. For your friends who may not be into reading whole books (which I personally cannot fathom), I'd send them this podcast and this article to start: -The 1619 Project…/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html
- [ ] The Read (For people of color but could be funny to white people also , You must be open to cursing and LGBTQ rights)
- [ ] Seeing White Podcast Series
- [ ] Scene on Radio Podcast (historical series on the development of whiteness)
- [ ] 16 shots
- [ ] Pass the Mic
- [ ] Truths Table
- [ ] Code Switch
- [ ] This Land
- [ ] Pod Save the People Archives

- [ ] -The Case for Reparations…/the-case-for-reparati…/361631/
- [ ] *An audio version of this article can be found here:…/the-case-for-reparations-the-atlan…
- [ ] This link has very important and valuable information that I have passed on to several people. Specifically item #4 has several links of books you can click on.…/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-ju…
- [ ] 10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Every Day Racism…/10-simple-rules-for-being-a-non-racis…

- [ ] 75 Things White people Can Do for Racial Justice…/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-ju…
- [ ] Anti-Racism Resources for White people…/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-V…/mobilebasic

Additional resources
- [ ] Soul2Soulsisters…/
This is a group new era works with and they are local to Denver and have a lot of resources (if you don’t already know them) - Natalie


More lists:

API/Black Solidarity and Anti-Racism Resource List

Anti-Racist Efforts 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 11, 2020

Ford, Phil and J.F. Martel. Our Old Friend the Monolith: On Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey." Weird Studies #75 (June 10, 2020) ["'You don't find reality only in your own backyard, you know,' Stanley Kubrick once told an interviewer. 'In fact, sometimes that's the last place you'll find it.' Oddly, this episode of Weird Studies begins with Phil Ford hatching the idea of putting a replica of the monolith from 2001 in his backyard. As the ensuing discussion suggests, this would amount to putting reality -- or the Real, as we like to call it -- in the place where it may be least apparent. Perhaps that is what Kubrick did when he planted his monolithic film in thousands of movie theatres back in 1968. Moviegoers went in expecting a Kubrickian twist on Buck Rogers; they came out changed by the experience, much like the hominids of great veld in the "Dawn of Man" sequence that opens the film. This is what all great art does, and if you look closely, maybe 2001 can tell you something about how it does it. Because in the end, the film is the monolith, and the monolith is all art."]

Marantz, Andrew. "Bernie Sanders is Not Done Fighting." The New Yorker (June 9, 2020)

The Report Podcast ["A deep dive into the real life story behind The Report, a film by Scott Z. Burns, about the investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program and the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public."]

Salisbury, Omari. "Seattle Protesters Declare Autonomous Zone Around Police Precinct After Heated Standoff with Police." Democracy Now (June 11, 2020) ["In Seattle, protesters have barricaded a six-block autonomous zone, after protests were met with a violent police response. Amid a days-long standoff, police removed barricades and abandoned their East Precinct building, and protesters moved into the area, declaring it “Free Capitol Hill.” We go to Seattle to speak with Omari Salisbury, a citizen journalist who has been live-streaming the uprising and police crackdown."  Part 2: "Seattle Activists Create Autonomous Zone Near Abandoned Police Precinct After Days of State Violence."]

30 minute documentary: Quick intro to history of Antifa - what is anti-fascism - how they organize and act against anti-fascist groups - why Trump hates the group - the global rise of white supremacist/fascist groups

RIP Bonnie Pointer

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 9, 2020

Confused about the global protests of, the complaints against, and the calls to defund police - John Oliver would like to help give you some clarity. Really gets to the heart of the matter.

Biagetti, Samuel. "Freemasonry: Its Origins, Its Myths, Its Rituals." Historiansplaining (July 2020)

Cooper, Travis Warren. "Kogonada's Urban Realism." Film Criticism 44.1 (January 2020) ["Kogonada’s first full-length feature film, Columbus (2017) is about a little-known Midwestern city and bastion of modern architecture. In method and content, Columbus is both ethnographic and playful, documentary and fiction. This article argues that Kogonada embodies a neorealist filmmaking method and in doing so defies traditional boundaries on multiple levels, prioritizing marginality through a preoccupation with visual lingering. Through its neorealist, ethnographic gaze, the film critically attends to entrenched hierarchies and divisions regarding gender, race, built artifacts, and socioeconomics. As a neorealist project, Columbus is an emotive meditation on urban space and rich visual theory of architecture, design, and metropolitics."]

Dickey, Colin. "The Rise and Fall of Facts." Columbia Journalism Review (Fall 2019)

Elias, Christopher Michael. "Sons of God: Postwar Gender and Spirituality in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life." Film Criticism 44. 1 (January 2020)

Kotevska, Tamara and Ljubomir Stefanov. "Honeyland." Film at Lincoln Center #237 (July 24, 2019) ["The Sundance World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner, directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, is an evocative, often outrageously funny modern-day parable of the Good Samaritan."]

Petkova, Savina. "Everything Is Political: Pablo Larraín Discusses Ema." Notebook (May 1, 2020)

Thacker, Eugene. "Horror of Philosophy: Three Volumes." New Books Network Seminar (September 28, 2015) ["Eugene Thacker‘s wonderful Horror of Philosophy series includes three books – In the Dust of this Planet (Zero Books, 2011), Starry Speculative Corpse (Zero Books, 2015), and Tentacles Longer than Night (Zero Books, 2015) – that collectively explore the relationship between philosophy (especially as it overlaps with demonology, occultism, and mysticism) and horror (especially of the supernatural sort). Each book takes on a particular problematic using a particular form from the history of philosophy, from the quaestio, lectio, and disputatio of medieval scholarship, to shorter aphoristic prose, to productive “mis-readings” of works of horror as philosophical texts and vice versa. Taken together, the books thoughtfully model the possibilities born of a comparative scholarly approach that creates conversations among works that might not ordinarily be juxtaposed in the same work: like Nishitani, Kant, Yohji Yamamoto, and Fludd; or Argento, Dante, and Lautramont. Though they explore topics like darkness, pessimism, vampiric cephalopods, and “black tentacular voids,” these books vibrate with life and offer consistent and shining inspiration for the careful reader. Anyone interested in philosophy, theology, modern literature and cinema, literatures on life and death, the history of horror…or really, anyone at all who appreciates thoughtful writing in any form should grab them – grab all of them! – and sit somewhere comfy, and prepare to read, reflect, and enjoy."]

Yarmuth, Aaron.   "Rethinking the police: no traffic stops, no-knock warrants." LEO Weekly (June 4, 2020)  [MB - For nearly two months during the pandemic police in my area were virtually absent/invisible. Chaos did not erupt, crime did not go up, and Darwinian struggles between my neighbors over resources did not take place. It pushed me to re-visit the realization/thought of why does a large part of our society believe we need to flood the streets/our-neighborhoods with police and have them poking into ever aspects of our lives/interactions? How have many of us have been conditioned to believe we are not safe without police and what does that say about the instillation of our own unconscious police inside our own heads? It reminds me of reading Michel Foucault's history 'Discipline and Punish' where he remarks on a "secret history of the police" where greater attention is paid to public health, social welfare and regulating the marketplace than investigating and arresting criminals. Is this what we want? Should we change this aspect of our civil society?]

Monday, June 8, 2020

Zephyr Teachout: Law/History/Corruption in America (Ongoing Archive)

Abramson, Alana. "Zephyr Teachout Wants To Be New York’s Top Lawyer. She’s Also Pregnant. But Don’t Let That Overshadow Her Campaign." Time (August 16, 2018)

Chayes, Sarah. "Corruption in America by Zephyr Teachout." Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (September 26, 2014)

Churchill, Chris. "Zephyr Teachout is right about Joe Biden and we all know it." Chicago Tribune (January 25, 2020)

Ehrenfreund, Max. "Zephyr Teachout's Corruption in America." The Washington Post (September 19, 2014)

Lepore, Jill. "The Crooked and the Dead." The New Yorker (August 18, 2014)

Teachout, Zephyr. "America's Lost Anti-Corruption History." On the Media (April 26, 2019) ["This week, the Treasury Department missed a second deadline to hand over the president’s tax returns to House Democrats. The White House directed its former head of personnel security to not adhere to a congressional subpoena to answer questions about the administration’s handling of security clearances. And on Monday the commander-in-chief sued his own accounting firm and Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, to block the committee from accessing his past financial records. As the Washington Post reported earlier this week, the lawsuit “amounts to Trump — the leader of the executive branch of government — asking the judicial branch to stop the legislative branch from investigating his past.” But so much lies in Trump’s past, and the nation’s. According to Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America, this was never what America's founders envisioned when they set out to fight corruption. In 2017, a few weeks after the inauguration, Brooke spoke with Teachout about the overwhelming passion for anti-corruption present at the founding of the nation, the "bright line" rules it inspired, and how we have drifted so far from our original understanding of the concept."]

---. "Corruption and Citizenship." Political Philosophy 1.2 (ND)

---. Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuffbox to Citizens United. Harvard University Press, 2014.

---. " Cuomo is letting billionaires plan New York's future. It doesn't have to be this way." The Guardian (May 14, 2020)

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 8, 2020

Bergmann, Max. "How to Live Together with Her (2013): Posthuman Forms of Roland Barthes’ Idiorrhythmy." Film Criticism 44.1 (January 2020)

Crawford-Roberts, Ann, et al. "George Floyd's Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America." Scientific American (June 6, 2020) ["The weaponization of medical language emboldened white supremacy with the authority of the white coat. How will we stop it from happening again?"]

Davis, Darryl. "Racial Injustice: KKKrossing The Divide." How Do We Fix It? (June 5, 2020) ["To gain some insight on what can be done to address discrimination and tensions between races, we speak with R&B and blues musician Daryl Davis, a black man who has spent the past 35 years on a remarkable quest of speaking with, and at times befriending, members of white supremacist groups. He has helped more than 200 KKK members to renounce their racist ideology. "We have to ask ourselves the question: do I want to sit back and see what my country becomes, or do I want to stand up and make my country become what I want to see," Daryl tells us. "I've chosen the latter. And so you have to get into the thick of it." As a race conciliator and lecturer, Davis has received numerous awards and is often sought by CNN, MSNBC, NPR and other media outlets as a consultant on race relations and white supremacy."]

Doyle, Caitlyn. "Truth Unreconciled: Counter-Dreaming in Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls." Film Criticism 44.1 (January 2020)

Ganguly, Suranjan. "Encounters with the Forbidden: Satyajit Ray’s The Adversary and The Middleman." Film Criticism 44.1 (January 2020)

Laclau, Ernesto and Chantal Mouffe. Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democrat Politics. 2nd ed. Verso, 2001.

Lopez, Christy E. "Defund the Police? Here's What That Really Means." The Washington Post (June 7, 2020)

Subissati, Andrea. "Glossary of Gore: Cultural Hegemony." Faculty of Horror (June 7, 2020)

Teachout, Zephyr. "Corruption and Citizenship." Political Philosophy 1.2 (ND)

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Her (USA: Spike Jonze, 2013)

Her (USA: Spike Jonze, 2013: 126 mins)

Alpert, Roger. "The Artificial Intelligence of Her: The specter that haunts Western culture." Jump Cut #56 (Winter 2014/2015)

Bergmann, Max. "How to Live Together with Her (2013): Posthuman Forms of Roland Barthes’ Idiorrhythmy." Film Criticism 44.1 (January 2020)

"Be Right Back." Black Mirror 2.1 (February 11, 2013) [Compare and contrast: "After learning about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased, a lonely, grieving Martha reconnects with her late lover.."]

Booker, M. Keith. "Her (2013, dir. Spike Jonze)." Comments on Culture (ND)

Dayoub, Tony. "The 51st New York Film Festival #3." The Cinephiliacs (October 13, 2013)

Flight, Thomas and Tom van der Linden. "Her." Cinema of Meaning #57 (April 6, 2023) ["With new A.I. technologies on the rise, Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden revisit Spike Jonze’s Her to discuss the extent of its prescience, the effects of technological progress on human culture, and the true nature of consciousness."]

Fox, Neil and Dario Linares. "Her." The Cinematologists (November 29, 2018) ["For this episode, Dario was invited to the University of Chichester by Programme co-ordinator of Media and Communications Dr. Adam Locks to screen Spike Jonze's 2013 sci-fi drama Her. The discussion lived up to the reason for selecting the film, throwing up many points of analysis related directly to genre, performance and production design, but also provoking wider philosophical questions that linked to conversations we have been having on the podcast recently. The film taps into concerns around the influence of technology on our everyday experience and Jonze creates a world that is unerring familiar yet alienating. Imbued in the film are ethical questions about the potential influence of AI on how we perceive the self. Also at the heart of the discussion is the materiality of the voice which is a particularly interesting subject from a podcasting perspective. Neil and Dario expand the discussion to talk about the film in the context of Spike Jonze's previous work and the perpetual crisis of masculinity."]

Francis, Marc. "Splitting the difference: On the queer-feminist divide in Scarlett Johansson’s recent body politics." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Galibert-Laîné, Chloé. "The Human, the Machine and Spike Jonze." Vimeo (2017) ["Tracking the evolution of technology and humankind in Spike Jonze films."]

Larson, Jordan. "Her and the Complex Legacy of the Female Robot." The Atlantic (December 23, 2013)

Lee, Kevin B. "Ask Siri: Why Her Deserves Oscar’s Best Picture." Keyframe (February 19, 2014)

LeSuer, Mike. "Spike Jonze vs. the Conspiring Escapist: On Her, Robert Coover’s Universal Baseball Association, and Jan Švankmajer’s Conspirators of Pleasure." Bright Lights Film Journal (January 16, 2015)

Merten, Jacob. "Spike Jonze’s Her and the Essence of Intimacy." Bright Lights Film Journal (February 19, 2014)

Nelson, Max. "You're the Ones and Zeros for Me: Her." Reverse Shot #33 (2013)

Shaviro, Steven. "Spike Jones' Her." The Pinocchio Theory (January 21, 2014)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 3. 2020

Casta, Laetitia, Lily-Rose Depp, and Louis Garrel. "On A Faithful Man." Film at Lincoln Center Podcast (July 18, 2019)

Craven, Jasper. "Veterans of Domestic Wars." The Baffler #51 (April 2020) ["On the home front, vets battle for decent health care."]

Enzo and Eve. "Wakanda Deferred." Hammer & Camera #16 (July 12, 2019) ["Enzo and Eve of the Marxist "propaganda circle" Unity & Struggle to discuss their article, "Black on Both Sides: Grappling with BLM in Movies", and to review the past year of Black cinema. Among the films discussed are Black Panther, Blackkklansman, Sorry to Bother You, Blindspotting, and Us."]

Kumanyika, Chenjerai. "Getting Real About the Job of Police: A Letter to Barack Obama." The Intercept (June 3, 2020)

Moss, Candida. "Trump and the Christian Persecution Complex." On the Media (June 3, 2020) ["On Monday, President Trump stood outside St. John's Episcopal Church, which had caught fire the day prior in protests for racial justice. When he brandished a Bible before photographers, Trump knew exactly what message he was sending: Christianity is under siege and the president is the defender of the faith. Never mind the fact that peaceful protesters, clergy among them, were driven from the area minutes before with tear gas to make way for the photoshoot. The narrative of Christianity under attack is a familiar one. Just a few weeks ago, Trump declared that houses of worship should open amid the pandemic on the grounds of religious liberty — despite the public health risk. But it turns out, the myth of Christian persecution can be traced far further back than the Culture Wars. In fact, according to Candida Moss, Christian historians coined the idea that to be persecuted was to be righteous in the 4th Century and they exaggerated claims that Christians were persecuted in the first place. Moss is a professor of theology and religion at Birmingham University in the U.K., and author of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss spoke to Bob just after Trump has announced his call for churches to open. In this week's Pod Extra she explains how Christian history has been revised for political means, from the early church to present day."]

Scott, James C. "Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States." New Books in Political Science (June 3, 2020) ["We are schooled to believe that states formed more or less synchronously with settlement and agriculture. In Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (Yale University Press, 2017), James C. Scott asks us to question this belief. The evidence, he says, is simply not on the side of states. Stratified, taxing, walled towns did not inevitably appear in the wake of crop domestication and sedentary settlement. Only around 3100 BCE, some four millennia after the earliest farming and settling down, did they begin making their presence felt. What happened in these four millennia is the subject of this book: a deep history by “a card-carrying political scientist and an anthropologist and environmentalist by courtesy”, which aims to put the earliest states in their place. James Scott joins us ... to talk about state fragility and state persistence from Mesopotamia to Southeast Asia, the politics of cereal crops, domestication and reproduction, why it was once good to be a barbarian, the art of provocation, the views of critics, and, human and animal species relations and zoonoses in our epidemiological past and pandemic present."]

Sottek, T.C. "Caught on camera, police explode in rage and violence across the US." The Verge (May 31, 2020)

West, Stephen. "Richard Rorty." Philosophize This! 142 (May 1, 2020) ["Some people called Rorty a postmodernist…which would USUALLY place him in staunch opposition to anything that even SOUNDS like the word Enlightenment. Like EXCITEMENT! But let me tell ya…Rorty was a VERY exciting man. He REJECTED the title of postmodernist and most titles for that matter. He operated in a very unique realm for a thinker where like a TYPICAL post-structuralist he didn’t believe in any sort of grand narrative that could explain away the universe…but yet he was STILL…a die hard, card carrying fan…of the PROJECT of the Enlightenment overall. See in a world where there are so many 20th century thinkers hating on the Enlightenment…here is a guy some viewed as a post-structuralist, coming to its defense. Let me explain WHY he would DO something like this."]

---. "Socrates and the Sophists." Philosophize This! #3 (June 23, 2013) ["This week we talk about the prosperity of Athens and how it led to the rise and ideas of a group of philosopher teachers called the Sophists, we tied up some loose ends and helped put all that we've learned in the last two episodes into context with a graph of the Presocratics, and we ended by talking about a man named Socrates."]