Hipsters versus Slackers


[caption id="attachment_694" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="An image from Linklater's film"][/caption]   Recently I asked myself what makes hipsters different than slackers, at least as slackers are depicted in Richard Linklater's 1991 film, Slacker. Initially I noticed differences that aren't unique to slackers and hipsters, but to gen x and Millennials generally:…

Tony Kushner on Fabulousness


[caption id="attachment_683" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Warren's fav part of this 1993 march, these men chanting: "we're here; we're queer; we're fabulous--don't fuck with us.""][/caption] What are the salient features of Fabulousness? Irony. Tragic history. Defiance. Gender-fuck. Glitter. Drama. It is not butch. It is not hot. The cathexis surrounding Fabulousness is…

BattleStar Actual


Battlestar Actual All the explicitly analog, non-networked technology and mechanically legible environs of the ship are a bulwark against the virtual. In Battlestar this virtual is both digital and biological. Hence the dinginess of the ship, the sense that every space is grimy and everyone is sweaty stands in defiant…

Disney Aphorisms 1


[caption id="attachment_628" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Mickey-Mondrian by Mick Haggerty. 1976"][/caption] Years ago a character in one of my stories claimed that “theme parks are the death camps of the twenty-first century.”  Yet here I am teaching a class on Disney. Some first thoughts, still at the aphorism stage. Innocence Disney films,…

The Analytic Two-Step


When it comes to other disciplines, analytic philosophy puts itself forward as being uniquely to suited to evaluate or even adjudicate those disciplines’ claims. But if another discipline gives an account of analytic philosophy itself, then analytic philosophers fall back on a narrow professionalism, claiming that only analytic philosophers are…

Bi-fection


much-used, much-loved at some point   December 7, 2010 Infamous day, and I don’t mean Hanukah. So many holidays fundamentally at odds with one another. All religions are one. Except when they’re not. Which is all of the time. Hell, even single religions are not one. One is overrated. Daoism,…