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My Publications: August-December 2022

In June 2022 I got hired as a writer at two online outlets (MovieWeb and GameRant), and during my time there published 130 articles. Here is a list of all the articles I published from August to December 2022, as…

My June and July Publications

Toward the end of June, I got hired as a writer at two online outlets. The first position is writing feature articles at MovieWeb, an entertainment news and opinion website that has been around for almost 30 years. The second…

The Olympics, Unfortunately, Has Many Flaws

I love the Olympics. I love the cornucopia of sports. I love the way it brings the world together, in a rare opportunity to see other countries presented in a positive light on TV. I recall, for example, Pyeongchang 2018,…

The Early Sound Film in Japan

The first film to include both image and sound (before which was only the silent film) is considered by historians to be The Jazz Singer (directed by Alan Crosland, 1927). This remarkable achievement, the result of years of technological research…

“Bone Tomahawk” and Political Extremism

A few white ne’er-do-wells out in the desert of the American southwest stumble upon, and then desecrate, a small burial site. In retaliation, the nearby Native American tribe kills two of the drifters and tracks the last to a small…

John Cage’s Experimental Painting about Chess

In 1944, experimental musician John Cage produced an artwork for the “Imagery of Chess” exhibition exploring influential artist Marcel Duchamp’s interest in the game. Cage’s artwork, entitled Chess Pieces, is a painting depicting 64 light and dark squares (in the…

Book Review: “Horror Film Aesthetics” (2010)

Despite its name, Thomas M. Sipos’ Horror Film Aesthetics (2010) is essentially a general film style textbook that just happens to give examples from horror movies. It spends way too much time defining basic terms that any 2nd year film…

The Responsibility of Teachers and Intellectuals

What responsibility do intellectuals and teachers have to their community? As I finish up my Master’s degree and search for teachings jobs at community colleges across the country, this is something that’s been on my mind. To what activities should…

Art and Science: Mars Perseverance Rover Photos

In early 2021, NASA’s Perseverance rover began transmitting images from Mars. Although these were not the first photos we’ve seen from the planet, they remain tremendously interesting. One of the first things that struck me about the new photos was…

Early Fiction Films: “A Trip to the Moon”

Whereas the work of the Lumiere Brothers was a progenitor of documentary film, another French pioneer, George Méliès, created the first fiction films. His pictures were full of fantasy and wonder; a stage magician in his day job, Méliès seems…

“Arrival of a Train:” The First Film?

Long regarded as the first film ever made, we know now that Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station (1896) was screened a few months after the Lumiere Brothers held the world’s first film screening at a cafe in…

“American Progress” and Manifest Destiny

American Progress (John Gast, 1871) visualizes the 19th century idea of Manifest Destiny. Columbia, symbolic of the United States, is seen traveling west, dressed like a Greek goddess. Ahead of her tramp white hunters and settlers, and behind her railroads…

The First Photo of a Japanese Emperor

In 1873, pioneering photographer Uchida Kuichi took the first photograph of a Japanese emperor. In his portrait of the Emperor Meiji, seen here, the emperor is staged in a way typical to U.S. and European photographic portraits of the time.…

“Abaporu” and a Uniquely Brazilian Art Style

Abaporu is a 1928 painting by Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral. Tarsila, as she was known, was a modernist painter who often included elements of indigenous art in her work in order to create a uniquely Brazilian style. In Abaporu,…

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