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2001: A Space Odyssey as Cultural Icon, Cinematic Masterpiece, and Modern Myth, Part 2

This second installment picks up where Part 1 left off. A Re-enchantment of Modernity In his essay “Science as a Vocation,” Max Weber famously wrote, The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the ‘disenchantment of the world.’ Precisely the ultimate and most sublime values have retreated from […]

2001: A Space Odyssey as Cultural Icon, Cinematic Masterpiece, and Modern Myth, Pt 1

2001: A Space Odyssey, now celebrating the 50th anniversary of its release, came late to the little one-screen theater in the small Maryland town where I grew up. It wasn’t until the summer of 1969 that I went to see it with my best friend from high school. By then the movie’s tag line had […]

A Clockwork Theology and the Un-Free Will

A friend recently noted that TV post-Breaking Bad seems to be getting more violent. Typically I’d discard this as your run-of-the-mill “kids these days” complaint, but somewhere between grimace-inducing episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo, I realized, well, maybe he had a point. Game of Thrones fits the bill. So does HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies, […]

After Stanley

The Guardian has a poignant and terribly sad story about the wife of Stanley Kubrick, and her life after his death.  It touches on a lot we talk about here: suffering, death, funerals, family secrets, parents and children.  Even things like the Nazareth Principle.  And there are some lovely things you learn about them: like how […]

Welcome to the 3-D Jungle (of Pandora) – James Cameron’s Avatar

As Avatar-fever begins to grip the nation and the world, writer/director/deep-sea-diver James Cameron is once again back in the spotlight. Any time an ambitious and successful figure takes such a long layoff (Axl Rose), it is important to take note – has it really been 12 years since Titanic?! How our hearts have gone on… […]