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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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Human design and the ephemerality of giving

While staying with a friend recently, I offered to buy her a meal or some groceries in order to repay for my stay. In response she affirmed, “Your presence itself is a gift.” While this sentiment felt beautiful to receive, it has also been difficult to believe in my internal evaluation. All my life, I… Continue reading Human design and the ephemerality of giving