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Shrugging at collapse: the wisdom of “A Serious Man”

When I was first recommended the Coen brothers’ 2009 film “A Serious Man,” I had just been through a breakup with the woman I thought I would marry. I felt that my life was falling apart around me, and in my pain, I was longing for answers.  Michael Stuhlbarg as Larry Gopnik The film’s protagonist,… Continue reading Shrugging at collapse: the wisdom of “A Serious Man”

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The Lives of Others as the ultimate Enneagram five template

One of my all-time favorite films, 2006’s The Lives of Others, concerns life under the Stasi in east Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the film, a Stasi operative named Gerd Wiesler is tasked with surveilling a pair of lover-artists, writer Georg Dreyman and actress Christa-Maria Sieland, because the state suspects them… Continue reading The Lives of Others as the ultimate Enneagram five template

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Like ships passing in the night: Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) is one of my favorite films. Apparently, it is Bill Murray’s favorite that he’s ever done, which is saying something. Bill Murray as Bob Harris In the film, Murray plays Bob Harris, an aging actor consigned to doing whiskey advertisements as he shifts away from film. These advertisements bring… Continue reading Like ships passing in the night: Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation

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Why I love horror movies

For a long time now I have loved horror movies. Some of the first I saw were outright shlock, such as 1997’s Cube and 1985’s Day of the Dead; however, with time I discovered and grew an appreciation for the classics, such as The Shining, the original Night of the Living Dead, and 1982’s The… Continue reading Why I love horror movies

Character identifications, Curriculum

Character identifications

Character identifications constitute the ‘meat’ of our process of reading literature, and become available to us once we have read the text in a sufficiently engaged manner. Through this process, we have defamiliarized ourselves with the story of ourselves—which was simultaneously a story of perfection—and in so doing, we have ceased to judge the characters,… Continue reading Character identifications