Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Embodied Films

Sensory Scenes: Opening of Apocalypse Now Opening of Gangs of New York/sound effects of Jaws and Friday the 13th and The Exorcist Blue -- musical sensory moments Opening of Blue Velvet Tracking shot in Code Unknown Tracking shot of high school entrance in Donnie Darko Opening scene of Goodfellas, the tracking shot of the first date, the paranoia at the end The Matrix -- the removal of the jack, the training, and the interrogation of morpheus Illness: A Beautiful Mind Contagion Sexuality: Before Sunrise Blue is the Warmest Color A Dangerous Method Harold and Maude The Night Porter Nymphomaniac Rust and Bone Shortbus Criminality: A Clockwork Orange Gomorrah Truth/Authenticity: Fog of War The Thin Blue Line Identity/Memory: 2001: A Space Odyssey Adaptation Bladerunner Being John Malkovich Dogtooth Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Even the Rain Grizzly Man Her Human Nature Hunger La' Commune Let the Right One In (Ideological Becoming) Body: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days Bamboozled (guide in gmail) Boys Don't Cry (guide in gmail) Gattica (Eugenics lecture in Gmail) Human Nature Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Violence: The Act of Killing The Addiction (Presentation in Gmail) The Battle of Algiers Cache City of God City of Life and Death Demonlover (Global flows of capitalism) Do the Right Thing (Discursive violence as a prelude to physical violence) Funny Games Hostel Jarhead Night and Fog The Passion of the Christ Salo Saw Standard Operating Procedure (emphasis on the mediated representation) Tarantino films Zero Dark Thirty Environment: Exit Through the Gift Shop Slam

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mexican Feast

Chipolte Peach Salsa

Smoky Pork Tinga (Mexican Everyday Cookbook pg 191-193)

Grilled Chicken Thighs and Breasts with Yucatecan Spices (Mexican Everyday Cookbook pg 171-173)

Roasted Fresh Chile Salsa (Mexican Everyday pg 158-159)

Barbacoa (Shredded Beef) (The Mexican Slow Cooker pg 97)

Yucatan Shrimp Tacos

Rocket Fuel salsa

Spicy Fish Tacos w/ Cabbage Slaw Lime Crema [or Killer Fish Tacos ]

Margaritas Guacamole Salsa Mango Cilantro Mojitos Watermelon Salad

Friday, May 30, 2014

Resources for May 30, 2014

"If you're not angry, you're either a stone... or you're too sick to be angry." - Maya Angelou

"End Mass Incarceration Now!" The New York Times (May 25, 2014)

Center for Constitutional Rights: "Iraq Veterans Against the War has released The Fort Hood Report, a snapshot in time of the largest Army post in the country, from the height of its deployment cycle to the recent drawdown. It includes 31 in-depth testimonials from Fort Hood veterans, soldiers and family members who lived through the trauma of that time. Read their stories here."

Johnson, Nicholas. "Negroes and the Gun." After Words (January 18, 2014) ["Fordham Law School Professor Nicholas Johnson talks about his book, [Negroes and the Gun], in which he argues that there is an unreported tradition of African Americans using firearms to defend their families and communities."]

Dialogic Cinephilia archives:

Resources for May 25, 2014

Resources for May 27, 2014

“This is the only story of mine whose moral I know. I don’t think it’s a marvelous moral; I simply happen to know what it is: We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” -- Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night (1961)

Nocera, Joe. "Holiday Weekend Gun Report: May 23-26, 2014." The New York Times (May 27, 2014)

bricolage \bree-koh-LAHZH\

noun: construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand; also : something constructed in this way


Knowing that the motor was assembled from a hasty bricolage of junk parts, Raphael had little hope that it would run effectively.

"Hustad reconstructs the past through a bricolage of interviews, letters, newspaper articles, Bible verses, prayers and anecdotes…." — From a book review by Justin St. Germain in The New York Times, March 23, 2014

According to French social anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, the artist "shapes the beautiful and useful out of the dump heap of human life." Lévi-Strauss compared this artistic process to the work of a handyman who solves technical or mechanical problems with whatever materials are available. He referred to that process of making do as "bricolage," a term derived from the French verb "bricoler" (meaning "to putter about") and related to "bricoleur," the French name for a jack-of-all-trades. "Bricolage" made its way from French to English during the 1960s, and it is now used for everything from the creative uses of leftovers ("culinary bricolage") to the cobbling together of disparate computer parts ("technical bricolage").

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Resources for May 22, 2014

Bergen, Benjamin K. "The New Science of Meaning." Huffington Post (December 11, 2012)

Dialogic Cinephilia archives:

Resources for May 16, 2014

Resources for May 21, 2014

Morgan, James. "'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered." BBC (May 16, 2014)

Rich, Nathaniel. "Authenticity All Right: Lee Friedlander’s New Orleans." New York Review of Books (May 16, 2014)

“What is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but dealing with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of a paradox: a purposeful purposeless or a purposeless play. This play, however, is an affirmation of life--not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.” ― John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings (1961)

"There are two parts to the human dilemma. One is the belief that the end justifies the means. That push-button philosophy, that deliberate deafness to suffering has become the monster in the war machine. The other is the betrayal of the human spirit. The assertion of dogma closes the mind and turns a nation, a civilization into a regiment of ghosts — obedient ghosts, or tortured ghosts." -- Jacob Bronowski, Ascent of Man (1973)

Gottschalk, Peter. "American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims and the History of Religious Intolerance." After Words (December 28, 2013) ["Peter Gottschalk talks about his book, American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims and the History of Religious Intolerance, in which he argues that religious intolerance has been strong in America since the middle of the nineteenth century."]

Levin, Yuval. "The Great Debate." After Words (January 4, 2014) ["Yuval Levin, founder and editor of National Affairs, talks about his book, The Great Debate, in which he discusses the origin of the political Left-Right divide, arguing that today's partisanship began with the debates over the French Revolution."]

Friday, May 16, 2014

Resources for May 16, 2014

Dialogic Cinephilia archives:

Resources for May 12, 2014

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Sweden: Göran Olsson, 2011)

House, Silas. "Beshear lawsuit embarrasses state, tarnishes his legacy; Backward thinking on Ky.'s gay-marriage ban." Lexington Herald-Leader (May 13, 2014)

Roy, Arundhati. "Capitalism: A Ghost Story" We Are Many (March 26, 2014 at The New School in NYC) ["From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India. India is a nation of 1.2 billion, but the country’s 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India’s gross domestic product. Capitalism: A Ghost Story examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India, and shows how the demands of globalized capitalism has subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation."]

Drone Survival Guide [Website: "Our ancestors could spot natural predators from far by their silhouettes. Are we equally aware of the predators in the present-day? Drones are remote-controlled planes that can be used for anything from surveillance and deadly force, to rescue operations and scientific research. Most drones are used today by military powers for remote-controlled surveillance and attack, and their numbers are growing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted in 2012 that within 20 years there could be as many as 30.000 drones flying over U.S. Soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to identify them. This survival guide is an attempt to familiarise ourselves and future generations, with a changing technological environment. This document contains the silhouettes of the most common drone species used today and in the near future. Each indicating nationality and whether they are used for surveillance only or for deadly force. All drones are drawn in scale for size indication. From the smallest consumer drones measuring less than 1 meter, up to the Global Hawk measuring 39,9 meter in length."]

Crockford, Kade. "San Francisco Woman Pulled Out of Car at Gunpoint Because of License Plate Reader Error." Free Future (May 13, 2014)

Angier, Natalie. "Abstract Thoughts? The Body Takes Them Literally." The New York Times (February 2, 2010)

Merriam-Webster Word-of-the-Day

eidetic \eye-DET-ik\

adjective: marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images


Thanks to her eidetic memory, Kirsten was able to recall every last detail of what happened that night, including the colors of each person's outfit.

"Jason Bateman, making his feature directing debut after directing episodes of his 'Arrested Development' series, plays an adult who uses a loophole to enter a spelling bee and whose eidetic memory all but guarantees he will win if he chooses." — From a movie review by Duane Dudek in the Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee), March 27, 2014