Poor lapine, Do you repine? Thoughts of pastry, Very tasty— But not for you, Herbaceous creature Unequal to your greatest feature: A farinaceous chapeau. Cruel tableau!
Do not expect reciprocity. Open your home in an attitude of non-expectation. Try not to hope. This state is impossible for human beings. Recognize this impossibility and forgive yourself for your desire. Yet continue to strive. Turn yourself inside out as much as you can. Strain toward the perfection of absolute giving as a horizon, … Continue reading On Hospitality. A Manifesto.
Today I rise from it, or at least this is the plan. I turn my head—not slowly or gingerly—to regard the midden of balms and anodynes that is my bedside table. Their fundamental efficacy is in doubt, but one must do something. At the very least they compose a curious collage suitable as a focal … Continue reading Sick Bed
This essay on Episode 7.3 of Mad Men originally appeared over at Kritik, the blog of the Unit for Criticism and Intepretive Theory at the University of Illinois. I discuss New Wave cinema, HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Oedipus complex, and lots more! "Mr. Draper Goes to Town"Monday, April 28, 2014Deanna K. Kreisel (U of … Continue reading Mr. Draper Goes to Town
This essay on Season 3 of The Killing originally appeared over at Kritik, the blog of the Unit for Criticism and Intepretive Theory at the University of Illinois. It’s about sovereignty, Native land rights, Vancouver, dead bodies, and so much more! "'This Land is Our Land': Season Three of The Killing"Monday, April 28, 2014Deanna K. Kreisel (U of … Continue reading “This Land Is Our Land”: Season Three of The Killing
The difference between these two strips fascinates me. I think we all know what it feels like to completely lose ourselves in absorbing work or play, to the point where time has no meaning and the need to eat, drink, and pee starts to seem like the greatest possible nuisance. (This is where the Skittles-and-Diet-Coke … Continue reading Flow, Baby, Flow
"Let me explain to you one of the key elements involved in the writing process. Because it may seem outwardly that the pen and the paper and the chair play an important role. But they’re all somewhat incidental to the actual using of the brain." — Jerry Seinfeld to George Costanza Once again Jerry gets … Continue reading Now, Levenger