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2018 in Film

2018 in Film

As the old year draws to a close, I reflect on the first New Year’s Resolution I have ever kept January to December. I did not resolve to lose weight or make a 4.0 in 2018, but I did have one activity that would follow me throughout the year: watching the equivalent of one movie a day, 365 days of the year.

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Compartmentalization and Morality as Viewers

Compartmentalization and Morality as Viewers

Yesterday I came across a post asking about boycotting films for reasons related to (but not specifically due to) it. The original poster cited people refusing to support Woody Allen films because of his sexual abuse allegations and Ghost in the Shell because of the race controversy in casting. I didn't have to think about my answers at all.

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Long Live "Lolita"

Long Live "Lolita"

When people who appreciate literature find out I'm a writer, one of the questions I am most frequently asked (after the obligatory, "Oh, what genre?") is, "What book made you want to be a writer?" The question I am not frequently asked but find myself asking others is, "What book completely and irreparably broke your understanding of the world and screwed you up so badly you were forced to reconsider everything you'd ever known?"

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