Format Change and More
Since my recent blogging habits have been directed to Virtual Fools
and the group blog at The Modest Proposal
, this blog has seemed like a bit of dead weight.
However, inspired by the wonder service of "If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats,"
I've decided to turn my notes on culture into notes on "visual" culture, namely impressive images that I come across. Most will be attached to artists or works of art, some will be obsolete advertising images, others will be just plain bizarre. In my work as a film scholar, I naturally come across far too many images--in fact, anybody who walks down a street in a major city does as well, for that matter--so I figured I would "pay" a bit of it forward, so to speak.
I will also occasionally use this to "announce" personal news. I've recently had two book reviews published, one on Kim Paffenroth's book Gospel of the Living Dead
(his personal blog for his zombie fiction and aggregate reviews is here
) at the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies
. My review is here
. The other was of Ronald Bergen's edited collection Francois Truffaut: Interviews
, which I did for Film and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and the Humanities
. The review is available in print and through library access if your research institution has purchased access (via Project Muse
and others). My 7000 or so word "Filmography" for the three volume encyclopedia American Countercultures
(ed. Gina Misiroglu) has been published by M.E. Sharpe. I provided synopses and access info for hundreds of films relating to all facets of the counterculture. If you have nearly $300 to spare, I can't think of a better way to spend it than to purchase the set
Speaking of Film & History, I'll be presenting on Richard Lester's film The Knack
(1965) and the revival of British aesthetic modes at 2009's Popular Culture Association conference in New Orleans (in, appropriately, the film and history "section"). That conference ought to provide some great images for this new blog direction.
More to come. For now, enjoy the visual world.