Apocalypse Now (1979) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Why is the History channel showing re-runs of The X Files
i’m not complaining but c’mon
Taxi Driver (1976)
“I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor… I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.”- Watchmen, 2009
Hello. About feminism and Harris’s depiction of women - I was wondering if you’ve seen this essay and what you thought about it. It focuses on Will and how his empathy condition is used (and misused) by the author, but I think it exposes the larger problems of how Harris thinks about women in his novels.
I also received this submission from lisamatsushita:sexism in
"Harris’s novels have worse sins, but aim higher in terms of a deliberate feminist message."
A deliberate feminist message? The women victims in Red Dragon are treated like their husband’s property (Will emphasizes with their husbands but never empathizes with the women as actual people) and later there is a blatant suggestion that they are responsible for their own deaths because they wore the wrong clothes. Molly is shut out, Margot is the depiction of a stereotypical overly-mannish lesbian, Murasaki is represented as a fetishized Asian doll (as an Asian I found the way she was depcited to be offensive), and Clarice is brainwashed. The sexism (and other cultural problems) are rife in Harris’s books. That’s a sorry excuse for a “deliberate feminist message.”
Fuller said the thrust of his story is about Will and Hannibal’s relationship; the perspective of a passionate and platonic relationship between two men as seen through Fuller’s eyes as an “outsider.” The women in the Fullerverse from Alana to Bev (thank you, Fuller, for representing an Asian woman well!) to Freddie to Bedelia all act with their own agency. Will relates to Georgia Madchen as her own person, sees her as a human with her own intrinsic value, and in their conversation they humanize each other in a touching way. None Harris’s wife-as-property garbage such as, “learning about him [the husband] first was a way of asking permission to look at his wife.” I don’t see that having the two leads be male in this particular case as something that needs to be “overcome.”
Now, I’m going to assume that lisamatsushita has read the Ana Mardoll criticism that maliareynolds cites because her list of complaints is basically an itemized list of the points Ana Mardoll makes in her blog post. So I’m going to deal with these together, with a few things tacked on.
First I’ll discuss the statement I made, and the move on to the finer points of the Mardoll piece.
"It’s not that I think Dr. Lecter is dangerous. I don’t."
Hannibal- ”Fromage” (1.08)
The hell happened to us?
mads + sunglasses
This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, it will soon see the end of the Rebellion.
Twiggy for Vogue Magazine photographed by Bert Stern, 1967.