The 2022 book Where Research Begins is a much-needed guide on how to choose what to write about when doing academic research.
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 secondContinue reading “My June and July Publications”
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,Continue reading “The Olympics, Unfortunately, Have Many Flaws”
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 researchContinue reading “The Early Sound Film in Japan”
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 smallContinue reading ““Bone Tomahawk” and Political Extremism”
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 theContinue reading “John Cage’s Experimental Painting about Chess”
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 filmContinue reading “Book Review: “Horror Film Aesthetics” (2010)”
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 shouldContinue reading “The Responsibility of Teachers and Intellectuals”
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 wasContinue reading “Art and Science: Mars Perseverance Rover Photos”
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 seemsContinue reading “Early Fiction Films: “A Trip to the Moon””
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 inContinue reading ““Arrival of a Train:” The First Film?”
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 railroadsContinue reading ““American Progress” and Manifest Destiny”
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.Continue reading “The First Photo of a Japanese Emperor”
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,Continue reading ““Abaporu” and a Uniquely Brazilian Art Style”
Rhythm + Noise + Speed of Car is a 1913 painting by Futurist artist Giacomo Balla. Part of a vibrant pre-WWI experimental art culture, the Italian Futurists were enamored with energy, power, and modern technology. Many of them were pro-warContinue reading “Representing Sound Through Painting: “Rhythm + Noise + Speed of Car””
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