Fortitude – snow and ice and crazy

          I like to watch Scandinavian films and TV in the Minnesota winter. It gives me a sense of shared suffering with another part of the world. Amazing how much is out there given the populations of some of these countries (especially Norway and Iceland) are small by US standards. My taste skews to the "snow noir." Fortitude is an unusual one, created by the BBC to ride the Scandinavian Noir bandwagon so I wasn't sure it would be as good as som...

HBO Leftovers Is better than Perrotta's book! 

  [SPOILERS] I have to admit I have a soft spot for cults. I can’t explain it, it’s just a mad philosophical craving like some people must have pistachio ice cream. I heard a quote (Freud? C. J. Jung? J. K. Rowling?) that to understand human beings you need to study the fringes. Cults interest me because they take an idea, offer a solution, then hunker down and force people to alter their sense of reality. It’s kind of like watching a mini civilization grow in a petri dish. And not unlik...

Stephen Colbert and Ali G, problems of famous fake personalities

   So Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman. My son and I have had a lively text exchange about whether this necessitates Colbert dropping his faux conservative “persona.” We think yes. The persona has become one of the most widely adopted aspects of Jungian terminology, passing into almost common parlance: "a mask or shield which the person places between himself and the people around him, called by some psychiatrists the persona." The Stephen Colbert Report is a pointedly polit...

Albert Brooks' "2030" Book Review – the war between the young and old

Albert Brooks “2030” review I was very excited about this book until about half way through. The issues it raises are relevant, inventive and ominous. The characters are basically solid. I had read about the book some time ago and “filed it” but recently I’ve been thinking about the possibility of generation conflicts arising (in the real world) from the deprivation of the upcoming generations and I remembered the odd fact that a famous actor/comedian had written a book about this. I...

Anthropology of the Grammys

  I find it odd how little contemporary anthropology (study of tribes, for shorthand) is done given that so much of our culture is based on tribalism. Music is especially tribal as it gives people clear choices between styles with accompanying language. Though “crossover” is always an issue as is the constant mutation with a genre, the base genres are widely understood. Under Electronica Wikipedia lists twenty two major categories that break down further within each. We need not get overly...

Sons of Anarchy, Antonin Artaud and a house ‘o poets

  So I’m watching the second to the end episode of  SONS OF ANARCHY (SOA), Season Five. I already feel a little connection because an author I really like, Kem Nunn, is now writing for the show. He’s known for his “surfer noir” and the man behind the short-lived but brilliant HBO show “John From Cincinnati.” There’s a new character on SOA they’ve introduced, an ex-marshall who is on a revenge junket involving our biker gang. He’s a quiet man with a pony tail and you know evil...