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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Reflections on the Varieties of Televisual Nostalgia
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schencka From: schencka Date: January 19th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Memory

First, I must declare Prof. Bertsch a master of meshing academic style *ecriture* with personal memoir blogging. Exhibit A:

"In the strain of psychoanalysis promulgated by Jacques Lacan, the 'mirror stage' is a concept as slippery as it is significant."

I love that move -- it's the perfect conference paper topic sentence structure, isn't it?

Second, have you seen _There Will Be Blood_ and its brother _No Country for Old Men_? I'm really interested in how these two films came out so near one another, as if they're in conversation -- in theme, setting, story structure, style, sound, cinematography, and of course, the version of "America" they create, especially relating to how both film go to great lengths to problematize (although I realize that term is a bit of an academic cliche) Capital's inherent violence.

As for children's programming, I was so proud as a youngster that my first name -- Adam -- was the same as He-Man's. But this was his pink-wearing, faux-gay doppelganger, before he became the He-Man (his tiger likewise went from weakling to killer). Could it be that this internal conflict could instill in young men an ambivalence between sensitive masculinity and its corollary hyper-masculinity? At least in my case, I must offer a qualified "Yes."

All the best,
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 21st, 2008 10:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Memory

Great to hear from you, Adam! And sorry for the belated reply. I missed this in the madness.

It's nice to know someone like you, who reads so carefully, is reading.

I, too, thought the overlap between those two films was eerie.

If only I could bring myself to write sentences like that when it counts. . .
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