Tag: Culture

2018, Books, Non-Fiction

Rule Makers, Rule Breakers (2018) by Michelle Gelfand

This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I’d say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it’s some kind of business success book or something.)

1985

Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985) by Neil Postman

Amusing Ourselves to Death is a frustrating and maddening book that might be better called Old Man Yells at New Technology and About How Things Were Better Before He Was Born. It’s considered a classic examination of the problems of new technology, which I find odd given how shoddily the argument is made. If this …

2009, Books, Journalism, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Society

The Peep Diaries (2009) by Hal Niedzviecki

This book is a relatively interesting and amusing book about how modern technology and modern culture have created a brave new world that we don’t really understand how to navigate – and which could have all sorts of unintended consequences for us. However, the book suffers from a number of problems which make it not …

Politics, Society

Sandy Hook and Self-Censorship

The BBC informs me that Django Unchained‘s premiere has been canceled on account of the massacre in Newtown, CT. This is the second film to be delayed because of this tragedy – as far as I know – though it is certainly the more artistically significant of the two. I think this is a mistake. Let …

1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, Movies

Michel Brault: Oeuvres 1958-1974

Though not every film is absolutely stand out, this collection is mostly filled with great stuff and very well worth watching, especially for Canadians. We can see that the Canadian film tradition was a little richer than more recent NFB material might have led us to believe. Here we have engaging, sometimes provocative, examinations of …

Movies, Personal

Crazy Italians: On the Cultural Disconnect Between Myself and Italian Cinema

Nearly a decade ago, when I was living in Australia, I went for a couple of organized tours of parts of the country I had never been too.  One such tour occurred in the southwestern corner of Western Australia, an area that is one of the most beautiful I have ever been to in my …

Philosophy, Society

A Course in Compassion

This is what I propose: There should be a mandatory class at the high school level about how the poor/starving/homeless are human beings too. Maybe this would help cure of us of all those people who are opposed to “handouts” and general human decency. The idea would be to use art and human experience to …

2007, Books, Hockey, Movies, Music, Sports

I’ve got this many things to do this year…

I can’t remember the lines from that Kevin McDonald skit from KITH, so I won’t try. Gottta see: Zodiac, the new Lynch film, the new Coens film, the new PT Anderson film, the new Wes Anderson film, others no doubt Gotta acquire: the new Wilco album, the now not as new Scott Walker album, and …