Firestorm Co-op (Radical bookstore/coffeeshop: 610 Haywood Rd.)
Gaea Gifts for the Soul ( S)
White Duck Taco (Downtown: also the art walk next to it)
White Duck Taco (Downtown: also the art walk next to it)
I’ve always been aware of being an inconsistent personality. Of having a lot of contradictory voices knocking around my head. As a kid, I was ashamed of it. Other people seemed to feel strongly about themselves, to know exactly who they were. I was never like that. I could never shake the suspicion that everything about me was the consequence of a series of improbable accidents—not least of which was the 400 trillion–to-one accident of my birth. As I saw it, even my strongest feelings and convictions might easily be otherwise, had I been the child of the next family down the hall, or the child of another century, another country, another God. My mind wandered.
Or maybe it's better to say: I've never believed myself to have a voice entirely separate from the many voices I hear, read, and internalize every day. - Zadie Smith. "Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction." The New York Review of Books (October 24, 2019): 4.
I am not a Federalist, because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in any thing else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore I protest to you I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much farther from that of the Antifederalists. I approved from the first moment, of the great mass of what is in the new constitution, the consolidation of the government, the organisation into Executive, legislative and judiciary, the subdivision of the legislative, the happy compromise of interests between the great and little states by the different manner of voting in the different houses, the voting by persons instead of states, the qualified negative on laws given to the Executive which however I should have liked better if associated with the judiciary also as in New York, and the power of taxation. I thought at first that the latter might have been limited. A little reflection soon convinced me it ought not to be. What I disapproved from the first moment also was the want of a bill of rights to guard liberty against the legislative as well as executive branches of the government, that is to say to secure freedom in religion, freedom of the press, freedom from monopolies, freedom from unlawful imprisonment, freedom from a permanent military, and a trial by jury in all cases determinable by the laws of the land. I disapproved also the perpetual reeligibility of the President. To these points of disapprobation I adhere. - Thomas Jefferson, “From Thomas Jefferson to Francis Hopkinson, 13 March 1789,” Founders Online, National Archives
There's this other thing, which Draenos brought up ... "groundless thinking." I have a metaphor which is not quite that cruel, and which I have never published but kept for myself. I call it thinking without a banister--in German, Denken ohne Geländer. That is, as you go up and down the stairs you can always hang on to the banister so that you don't fall down, but we have lost the banister. That is the way I tell it to myself. And this is indeed what I try to do. - Arendt, Hannah. Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding 1953 - 1975. ed. Jerome Kohn. Schocken Books, 2018: v.
Is it odd to see a book within a book? It shouldn't be. Books like each other. We understand each other. You could even say we are all related, enjoying a kinship that stretches like a rhizomatic network beneath human consciousness and knits the world of thought together. Think of us as a mycelium, a vast subconscious fungal mat beneath a forest floor, and each book a fruiting body. Like mushrooms, we are a collectivity. Our pronouns are we, our, us.
Because we're all connected, we communicate all the time - agreeing, disagreeing, gossiping about other books, name-dropping, and quoting each other - and we have our preferences and prejudices, too. Of course, we do! Biases abound on library shelves. The scholarly tomes disparage the more commercial books. Literary novels look down on romance and pulp fiction, and there's almost a universal disregard for certain genres, like self-help.
Ozeki, Ruth. The Book of Form and Emptiness. Viking, 2021: 94.
EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY YOU’RE FACED WITH A DECISION THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola’s run.
Run Lola Run (Germany: Tom Tykwer, 1998: 80 mins)
The volatile German-Turkish drama Head-On (Gegen die Wand, 2003/2004), the fourth feature by the Hamburg born writer-director Fatih Akin, snapped up the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival and riveted audiences the world over with its tempestuous portrait of lovers torn apart by cultural differences, hard living and psychological illness both real and imagined. Cahit (Birol Unel), a rough hewn German prone to bouts of drinking, fighting, and womanizing, meets Sibel (Sibel Kikelli), a delicate Turkish refugee. In a Hamburg psychiatric ward after suicide attempts. His is real, hers is faked, to escape a marriage arranged by her devout Muslim family. Sibel begs Cahit to marry her to win back her family's esteem; Cahit agrees, believing the sham marriage will repair his wrecked life. The couple share an apartment and little else - he's a slob with a temper; she's a demure neat freak with a heart of gold. When they find themselves falling in love, it's with the brute force of a sucker punch to the gut. Akin employs dark comedy and tragedy to marvelous effect in Head-On, showing the messiness of romantic love in all its ragged, terrible glory. -- Bailey, Andrew. Cinema Now. Taschen, 2007: 26.
Head-On (Germany/Turkey: Fatih Akin, 2004: 121 mins)
Problem of Islamophobia
Reduce Gun Laws
Pro-immigration, reform current laws
Negative aspects of social media
Healthcare-Problem of Increasing Rates of Obesity in America
Argument for good nutritional practices
Issue of Head Injuries in the NFL
South Park has used satire and story to effectively make us reflect on our own negative habits, emotions, and behaviors without becoming a biased political mouthpiece for any one party.
Critique of Sea World
Defense of Assisted-Suicide
Problem of Obesity in America
Addressing the Problem of Racism in America
Negative effects of Social Media
James Loewen's Critique of How History is Taught in Schools
Addressing the Myths about GMOs
Why College is Important
Solitary confinement should not be used as a form of punishment.
The Problems Associated with Social Media
Supporting Foster Youth in Transition to Independence
Is Addiction a Disease?
Against the Death Penalty
Addiction to Social Media
Ending Mass Incarceration in America
I will show through scientific research that when someone chooses a faith-based approach they are less likely to relapse or fall back into the same addictive behaviors.
In support of the right to end one's life when terminally ill
Dr Who provides us with examples of how to be better persons and of a possibly better world.
On Simon Bolivar's Historical Importance
John Stuart Mill’s principles about liberty of thought and discussion are still valid, the free interchange of ideas is the best way to learn and find out the truth.
Importance of Sleep to Good Health
Concerns About Screen Culture
Raise Awareness of Scientific Understanding of ADHD
The Black Panther Party - defense of
Analysis of Ways to Address Supply Chain Problems
In Defense of Our National Parks
Abstain from Social Media
Stronger Regulation of Big Tech
Negative aspects of the modeling industry
Arguing Casey Anthony was guilty of murdering her child
Required paid leave for new parents
In Support of Vaccines for Children
Negative Impact of Social Media in Our Society
The Importance of Aftercare Planning & Treatment for Addicts
Problems of Social Media
We are assigning too much homework for elementary students
The Case for Universal Income
Cognitive Development as a Key for Personal Success
Why Christopher Nolan is a great director.
The benefits and shortcomings of how digital fighting games (DFG) uniquely satisfy our competitive nature.
Misogyny in the Bible
Theodore Allen's Invention of the White Race
Clearing up confusion in regards to gene editing
The effect of automation on labor and the need for a stronger social safety net
Royalist history of the French Revolution
Religion and Politics
Along with common core learning, the introduction of visual, auditory, and three-dimensional arts in elementary education is beneficial to the growth of individuality and self-regulation throughout a person’s lifetime.
Knowing how our personal information is being used and how to safeguard ourselves in this technological age is a must if we are to gain control over our own privacy.
The Importance of the Nation of Islam in African-American culture
Adverse effects of digital technologies
Regulation of Big Tech Data Collection
Regulation of Social Media Among Young Adults
The importance of soccer to Spanish identity
Addressing misinformation about Epilepsy
Need to address alcoholism in America
Causes in the rise of debilitating anxiety in young adults
Christians should be involved in politics, but need to stay true to their core values
Cell Phones are harmful when they are used irresponsibly and carelessly.
Films often ask performers to play multiple roles as something of a gimmick. It’s been done for comedic effect in something like “The Nutty Professor” or for philosophical examination in something like “The Double” or “Enemy.” No one has ever asked as much of a double performer as Jordan Peele asked of Lupita Nyong’o in “Us,” and the Oscar winner delivered one of the best performances of 2019 in return. As Adelaide’s worst fear comes to life and she witnesses the shadow version of her family sitting across the living room from her, the actress doesn’t just play good and evil – she goes much deeper than that. She sells both the depth behind the fear of who we presume is the “normal” Adelaide and the wounded monster who has been tied to her. For some reason, great acting has often become synonymous with either a great impersonation or a great couple of scenes. What’s most often ignored when we discuss acting is physicality. Watch what Nyong’o does with her body to both distinguish and tie the two versions of herself in “Us.” They are distinct and yet also mirrors of each other in so many ways. It’s the kind of performance one can break down scene by scene and appreciate with greater depth and nuance with each viewing. It’s not just a great 2019 performance, it’s an all-timer. (Brian Tallerico: December 23, 2019)
Get Out (USA: Jordan Peele, 2017: 103 mins)
Appen, Joe Von and Erik McClanahan. "Get Out / I Don't Feel at Home In This World." Adjust Your Tracking #141 (March 9, 2017)
Archer, Ina Diane. "Get Out." Film Comment (March 3, 2017)
Bakare, Lanra. "Get Out: The Film That Dares to Reveal Liberal Racism in America." The Guardian (February 28, 2017)
Breznican, Anthony. "Black Storytellers Are Using Horror to Battle Hate." Vanity Fair (August 3, 2020) ["After Get Out, movies such as Antebellum, the upcoming Candyman retelling, and other tales of terror and the macabre are part of a cultural exorcism centuries in the making."]
Butler, Bethonie. "The Brilliant Casting of Jordan Peele's Get Out." The Washington Post (March 9, 2017)
Chack, Erin. "22 Secrets Hidden in Get Out That You May Have Missed." Buzz Feed (March 3, 2017)
Colburn, Randall. "Horror and Race: How Jordan Peele’s Get Out Flips the Script." CoS (February 26, 2017)
Daniel, James Rushing. "'Another One for the Fire': George A. Romero on Race." The Los Angeles Review of Books (July 25, 2017)
Dargis, Manohla and A.O. Scott. "One Nation Under a Movie Theater? It's a Myth." The New York Times (September 7, 2017) ["Hollywood wants us to think that its films are for everyone, but our critics say that was never true. Still, they see a way forward."]
Dowd, A.A. "Jordan Peele shifts from comedy to horror with the smart, cutting Get Out." A.V. Club (February 23, 2017)
"Get Out Syllabus."
Hancock, James, Mikhail Karadimov and Marcus Pinn. "Jordan Peele's Get Out & The Social Thriller." Wrong Reel #238 (February 28, 2017)
Harris, Brandon. "The Giant Leap Forward of Jordan Peele's Get Out." The New Yorker (March 4, 2017)
Harris, Cydnii Wilde. "Get Out as the Horror Black Films Face in the Foreign Market." (Posted on Youtube: March 14, 2018)
Hoberman, J."A Real American Horror Story." The New York Review of Books (March 13, 2017)
Jones, Matthew. "Politicizing the Horrific: How American Anxieties Play Out on Screen." Philosophy in Film (March 25, 2017)
Passion brews quietly between an artist and her subject, until together they create a space in which it can briefly flourish, in this sumptuous eighteenth-century romance from Céline Sciamma, one of contemporary French cinema’s most acclaimed auteurs. Summoned to an isolated seaside estate on a secret assignment, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) must find a way to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is resisting chattel marriage, by furtively observing her. What unfolds in exquisite tension is an exchange of sustained gazes in which the two women come to know each other’s gestures, expressions, and bodies with rapturous intimacy, ultimately forging a subversive creative collaboration as well as a delirious romance. Charged with a yearning that almost transcends time and space, Portrait of a Lady on Fire mines the emotional and artistic possibilities that emerge when women can freely live together and see one another in a world without men. - Criterion
Tomboy (France: Céline Sciamma, 2011: 84 mins)
Armstrong, Vanessa. "For Dune, Composer Hans Zimmer Created Beats That Were 'Humanly Impossible to Play.'" Tor (March 2, 2022)