Appreciating Art – Audience, Time, and Culture

Do great works of art find timeless appreciation? This is so interesting a question. Saying that great works of art find appreciation in all times and places is like making a huge claim which is hard to verify until you have thousands of years of life to see what works really endure the test of…

A Tale of Two Cities: Self-Deception in Dickensian Fiction

Daniel Goleman in his interesting book Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception ingeniously draws the relation between repetition and skewing of attention to relieve anxiety. He quotes Freud on the topic as: “The penalty for repression is repetition.” In the context of psychological anxiety, it implies that in times of crises, we resort…

Gattaca (1997)—Thematic Depiction of Escape, Dream, and Reality

Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca (1997) is a sci-fi film set in future in a society where children conceived under supervision of the state are considered genetically fit for filling important roles in workplaces, termed “valid”, while those conceived without genetic manipulation are considered “invalid” and are deprived of lucrative opportunities. The film’s protagonist Vincent Freeman (Ethan…

Beating the Fire

“LIVE spelled backwards is EVIL”, says the publicity tag of the movie The Spring (David Jackson, 2000). Now that sounds witty, probably even ridiculous. The movie is somewhat slack, though a freelance writer for a protagonist is something that would make me watch it with interest (and “Dale Cooper” Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks fame).…

Interactale 8 – The Easy Fix

Grocery shopping had never been his thing, but since his wife’s license was suspended and she was unwilling to risk driving without it, he had an undesirable trip to anticipate as he lay in bed, unable to sleep because of the headache that had been lurking for a week. He’d get it done as early as…

Interactale 7 – Flames

Surprising as the fire department’s investigation was, Blair Norse could never have thought of how the arson incident that made headlines countrywide just two days ago would relate to him on such a personal level. He certainly wasn’t responsible for the fire as such, one that burnt down nearly one third of his workplace and…

Essay Writing Tips and Tricks Anybody Can Use!

by Daniel Bell When you are faced with writing an essay, you can feel all kinds of things. You may get writer’s block as soon as you’re faced with the computer screen. You may feel confused and frustrated about what it is you should be writing. It’s true that being faced with writing a daunting…

Classic Novelist Harper Lee Dead at 89

Harper Lee, author of the timeless classic To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away at age 89 in her hometown Monroeville, Alabama. Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets are reporting the death of Lee. As the paper writes, To Kill a Mockingbird has never been out of print and remains one of the most…