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Radiohead meets Sigur Rós

At the outset of Radiohead’s "How to Disappear Completely" from their landmark album Kid A, we are greeted by both gentle guitar strumming and a dissonant, persistent synth note–the latter of which tells us that something is off. Immediately, the lyrics begin a story singer Thom Yorke has attributed to a dream in which he… Continue reading Radiohead meets Sigur Rós

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The long view: David Cronenberg’s ‘Crash’ and Roe versus Wade

Early on in David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), James Spader’s eponymous James is driving Holly Hunter’s Helen to the airport after the latter’s husband has been killed and her car destroyed. As they drive, the sexual tension between the two is visceral, and James pulls at his seatbelt in frustration–almost as though thumbing at the belt… Continue reading The long view: David Cronenberg’s ‘Crash’ and Roe versus Wade

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Simulating the sacred

A few nights ago, I received a massage at an upscale location in my area on a coupon some students had given me. At this location, massages run around $200, although this price also affords one access to the grounds’ saunas, hot tubs, and meditation spaces. While employing the latter of these services in anticipation… Continue reading Simulating the sacred

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The beauty and subtlety of Spider-Man 2

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004) is one of my favorite films.  While the original Spider-Man (2002) sees Peter Parker internalizing the adage that “with great power, comes great responsibility,” Spider-Man 2 takes this message further: Peter learns the meaning not only of responsibility, but of commitment, which in this film signals choosing responsibility even despite… Continue reading The beauty and subtlety of Spider-Man 2

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Why I teach at a private school

Spring semester of 2021, I taught for a few months at St. Michael’s High School, a Catholic school in my area as well as a private one. The following summer, I got an offer to switch to Santa Fe Prep, another independent school in my area, this one secular.  At the time of my transition,… Continue reading Why I teach at a private school