Requiem for a Dream: Hyperbole is the Brightest Highlighter

By: Joe A while ago, I watched Requiem for a Dream for the first time in years.  The next day, I was texting with some friends about it and I remember typing “requiem for a dream is our lives.”  It seemed an intuitive thing to say at the time.  I sent that to a group... Continue Reading →

Parking Lot Philosophy

By Joe A small, mouthy bird is standing by his car in a parking lot.  It’s almost 11:00 PM.  The parking lot lights are still on but will go out soon as they are on a timer.  Finally, a rambunctious dog walks out of the door of the massive hardware store that sells everything from... Continue Reading →

Numbers and God in David Fincher’s ‘Seven’

By Joe “The trick is to find one item, one detail, and focus on it.”                                 -Detective Somerset to Detective Mills Originally, I planned on writing about the various symbols seen throughout David Fincher’s 1997 movie Seven, but when I heard the line quoted above, I decided to focus only on the role that numbers... Continue Reading →

Atheism as Masturbation

In a debate by Intelligence Squared U.S., the motion of which is “Science Refutes God,” the always eloquent and extremely impressive speaker Dinesh D’Souza said the following as a response to a question concerning religious experiences: “We’re talkin’ here about an experience [of having the sense of some experience of God] that’s been had by... Continue Reading →

Down Town

Well, it’s very modern, you know – to build buildings such as these, skyscrapers they’re called…gratte-ciel…grattacieli…cloud-gorers, even.  I’ve heard it said that the skyscraper began here – what an honor!  William Le Baron Jenney!  I once read « Le luxe des ‘skyscrapers’, c’est de permettre à l’être humain de monter au-dessus de lui-même. » - oh! and... Continue Reading →

Fucking Friday

Today is Friday.  I am sitting at a Starbucks typing this – something I very rarely do (typing at Starbucks, that is).  I recognize the staff here.  I think maybe one or two of them recognize me.  I usually come here with a buddy of mine, sometimes on a Friday, but he is out of... Continue Reading →

On Discovering Through Reading

A friend once expressed to me a frustration that prevents him from becoming more of a reader.  After leaving a second-hand bookstore, he explained (empty-handed) that everything is arranged by author and since he knows no authors, he can’t look for and find anything he would perhaps like to buy and read.  I pointed out... Continue Reading →

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