Literature and Social Reflection (or: Yet Another Essay on Thomas Mann)

Among the works of literature dealing with Fascism or authoritarianism, it is often the dystopias that take center stage; both classics like Brave New World, and newer works such as Ready Player One - not to mention the burgeoning genre of Young Adult Dystopian literature - have gripped the imagination in troubling times and been utilized as … Continue reading Literature and Social Reflection (or: Yet Another Essay on Thomas Mann)

Manifestopheles: An Investigation into the Faustian Nature of Adaptation

This piece, Manifestopheles:An Investigation into the Faustian Nature of Adaptation, was my final thesis for my BA in Media Studies. Looking back at it there are certainly things I would like to change, pathways I would like to explore further, and once promising lines of inquiry that now seem like dead ends. There are errors, … Continue reading Manifestopheles: An Investigation into the Faustian Nature of Adaptation

Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers From College) #6: “Beauty is in the Mind of the Beholder”

Beauty is in the Mind of the Beholder:        Beauty, Idealism, and Consumerism in Survival of the Prettiest, and Spent Beauty is all around us: it fills up screens and magazines; sells creams and lipstick and razors; we long to surround ourselves with it and long to have it in ourselves. We love it and we … Continue reading Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers From College) #6: “Beauty is in the Mind of the Beholder”

Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #3: The (Re)birth of Cycles

The (Re)birth of Cycles: (Re)examining the quest of Transhumanism In recent years science has been put in the awkward position of explaining just how insignificant humanity is. Cosmology has revealed a vast, unknowable universe (and it’s quite possible there are others out of our reach) with Earth being nothing more than a speck of cosmic … Continue reading Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #3: The (Re)birth of Cycles