Category Archives: Critical Theory

Four for a Friday #1

I, of course, feel bad that the Forecast has fallen into abeyance, not least because I recognize that the process of posting things here, no matter how trivial, is productive for me overall. I suspect it is a familiar trap … Continue reading






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“The image of happiness”: Chris Marker and Sans Soleil

The first image he told me about was of three children on a road in Iceland, in 1965. He said that for him it was the image of happiness and also that he had tried several times to link it … Continue reading






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Hitchcock double feature

A keen bit of course scheduling meant that I had the opportunity to watch both Vertigo and The Birds last week. Students in my Critical Theory class seemed to enjoy Vertigo a great deal, not least because it offered them … Continue reading






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Baby Marx

It seems that each time I’ve managed to make it to the Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis, it’s been between major exhibits. My recent visit was no different. The Nan Goldin photographs were in the process of being taken down … Continue reading






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1991 – Listening to Pop in the Provinces

I was intrigued by the recent call by PopMatters for articles on 1991, but, rather predictably, I didn’t have my shit sufficiently together to submit. It did nevertheless get me thinking a bit about 1991, what it meant to me, … Continue reading






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On periodization

I’ve always been fascinated by questions of periodization and generic change and, as a consequence, I tend to be drawn to studies and analyses that take a single year or short expanse of time as their organizing principle. I’m thinking … Continue reading






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