Tag: Art and Existentialism


Film as Means for Integrating Opposites: A Review of David Lynchês “The Elephant Man”

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Joseph Merrick in the 1889 British Medical Journal. The gift of cinema is a holistic experience like no other art form. It engages every sense but smell and taste (unless you count when John Waters’ “Polyester” was being screened. Scratch and sniff cards were handed out at the theaters, like 3-D glasses, and not all… Read more »

Why are people looking to the arts for therapy? Because they want therapy!

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This is not a therapists office – but it’s a substitute Steve Almond, an author and MFA, says that writing workshops are taking the place of therapy sessions in modern culture.  Writing in the March 23 edition of The New York Times, the frequent workshop instructor says that over the years he’s seen people coming… Read more »

Existential dimensions of Kill Bill: despair, revenge, and the ruinous nature of hope.

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In the titular movie, Beatrix Kiddo awakens after several years in a coma brought on by the treacherous actions of Bill, her former boss and lover and father to her child.  Both she and her child are presumed comfortably dead by Bill and his employees, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. But Kiddo is no longer… Read more »

Fame is a Dangerous Drug: A phenomenological glimpse of celebrity

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Photo by Luca Viscardi (Creative Commons License) Fame is a dangerous drug. I should know. I wrote the book on it — or, rather, the book chapter. That chapter, “Ready for the Close-up: Celebrity experience and the phenomenology of fame,” describes the dead-end cycle of fame’s merry-go-round through first-hand reports of celebrity experience in the… Read more »

–The Art of the Dubious Struggle”: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street

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Poster created by Rachel Schragis There is no escaping the national and global significance of the Occupy movements in New York, Oakland, and elsewhere. This is especially true for those of us who encounter Occupy events daily as witnesses or participants. Politico recently reported that since the advent of Occupy Wall Street there has been… Read more »

I am a computer, therefore I … laugh?

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He’s hilarious A new book is promoting a new, mechanistic, theory of why we laugh.  According to the authors of  Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind Human being have a sense of humor because the mind is a computer (“our brains are Chevy engines running Maserati software”) dedicated to constantly making sense of the… Read more »