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About me

I want to grow up to be Steve Albini.

I like books and stuff.

I liked movies and games much more before I rediscovered the written word.

"To her own mother she had said - without warning, without excuse, standing up in the middle of a meal with her face purple and her mouth half full - 'Woman! Do you ever look inside? Do you ever look inside and see what you are not? God!' she had cried sinking down again and staring at her plate, 'Malebranche was right: we are not our own light. We are not our own light!' Mrs. Hopewell had no idea to this day what brought that on. She had only made the remark, hoping Joy would take it in, that a smile never hurt anyone." -Flannery O'Connor

Occupation: Teaching assistant

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I used to have more games, movies, books, but got rid of them after I outgrew them. One must throw away the ladder after one has climbed up on it. (That's, ah, the only Wittgenstein I know.)

Anything that gets a 3/5 or 6/10 or higher is good in my book. Anything lower might still have some redeeming qualities.

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Freud Had Sex With His Mother review

Posted : 5 years ago on 29 June 2012 05:44 (A review of Freud Had Sex With His Mother)

What can we ever know of a book that was never published, a book with a marginal existence, its only trace a brief and ephemeral description on a website? We must uncover its fragments like any other lost work, scour the ruins for clues: the title, for instance, goes beyond a simple signifier (denoting "here is this book, supposedly unlike others") and becomes a declarative statement, a challenge in fact. Years of sanctified psycho-analysis are turned on their head: it is a gob of spit in the face of Western empiricism, confronting us with the fact that, at base, all our supposed science is motivated by unsavory impulses, that our so-called objectivity is impelled by bad faith: we will concoct an entire system to justify the fact that one man had sex with his mother. In this instance, regardless of whether we are equally guilty of breaching the incest taboo, we are all Freud. The anti-Freud, then, can only be the mysterious "God of Disco," who sets out to live an authentic life, a life free of illusions, a life in the style of the old hedonism, a life that says squarely "mea culpa, friends, mea maxima culpa": in short, instead of afflicting others with his justifications (the quintessence of psychiatry), the "God of Disco" acknowledges and takes full responsibility for his own meaninglessness. He is Nietzsche's Last Man transmogrified, through his shocking insight, into a figure even beyond the ubermensch: he just might be Christ. This is the sublime truth for our times.

Also, "Fuck Lobster" makes me laugh.


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DumbLand review

Posted : 5 years, 1 month ago on 21 May 2012 04:51 (A review of DumbLand)

Apart from his masterpiece "Inland Empire," this is David Lynch's most sophisticated and mature work.


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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Sep 10 19:28
Check out my new Amazing Underrated Obscure Bizarre film list, Part 11!

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Posted: 5 years ago at Jun 23 22:10
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Thanks for the vote on my Amazing Underrated Obscure Bizarre film lists! I just released Part 9 so check it out and gimme a vote if ya like it!

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