There’s an art show happening at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Berlin with three different artists depicting scenes from Inferno and basically I want all of them in my house. You can see more from Lorenzo Mattotti, Emiliano Ponzi, Michael Meier in the La Repubblica slideshow.
Whenever Helen seeks these perverse excesses, her regretted deeds depress her; hence, Helen beseeches Ceres (the blesséd Demeter): ‘let sweet Lethe bless me, lest these recent events be remembered’ — then the empress feeds herself fermented hempseed, her preferred nepenthe.
Crucifictorious is reuniting on Parenthood!
Friday Night at the Luncheonette: Amber is tasked with keeping an eye on her cousin Max, while also working after hours at the Luncheonette. When the band Crucifictorious shows up, Amber desperately tries to keep things under control while Max documents events with his phone. Guest stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips reprise their Friday Night Lights roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively.
Is this real life?
BREAKING NEWS: Jane Austen Still Relevant
I’m reading Northanger Abbey and came across her well-known quote in defense of the novel, which at her time was regarded as a pretty low-culture, frivolous medium. In a work that’s had some meta blips so far, she addresses the reader directly:
Yes, novels; for I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom, so common with novel-writers, of degrading, by their contemptuous censure, the very performances to the number of which they are themselves adding; joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust.
It’s funny to think of people considering novels with such disdain that a reader would react to the pages as people today would flipping through a Hustler in public: giggles, eye-rolls, elitist judgement, and, eventually, shelving the thing before anyone catches them perusing the filth.
But the content we consume today does the same thing with our newer media. The portrayals of new media cast the light of low-culture onto characters all the time.
Video games are played by children or immature slackers.
Television is watched by the bored or boring.
Movies can be considered high art but the portrayals of people watching films are mostly about what’s happening at the theater independent of the movie or the dream a character is having inspired by the genre film he or she is watching. There’s a small percentage of people that are engaged with the actual medium but usually they’re so quirky that their relationship to fantasy is heavily blurred, childlike even.
The internet, of course, is merely a tool for quick searches to move story or porn for pathetic or comedic effect. There are a few that use blogs, video or otherwise, within the context of the show but those are mainly narrative crutches, tools for exposition.
Characters are so rarely portrayed as engaging with media in a positive way and, in light of Austen’s frustration, I’m finding myself a little frustrated. There are exceptions like Community, where people engage in media all the time in a positive way and don’t regard new media as low-culture. But it seems like those exceptions are few and far between.
You’re flying too close to the sun, New York.