Manchester fire - huge blaze erupts on ninth floor of apartment block in Manchester’s Northern Quarter
The blaze, which started at around 4pm on Saturday, spread over multiple floors in the apartment block on Joiner Street in the city’s Northern Quarter. Smoke spread to several floors of the building via external wooden balconies. Images posted on social media showed firefighters battling the huge flames billowing from the building while crowds of people watched on from below.
A 23-year-old was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation but there are not believed to be any other casualties, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said.
At around 6pm, GMFRS tweeted: ‘The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here.
‘Firefighters along with colleagues from the Police and Ambulance service have done an amazing job to tackle this difficult incident!’
Residents told of the moment they realised the block was on fire, when they heard neighbours shouting in the hallways and banging on doors.
Megan Baxter, a resident on the second floor of the Lighthouse apartment building, told the Manchester Evening News: ‘I heard a knock on the door, but I thought it was just a postman so I didn’t answer at first.
‘Then I could hear people shouting in the hallway. About five or ten minutes later, next door came and knocked on the door and I answered.
‘He said: “There’s a fire, you need to get out”. I was only in a dressing gown, so I threw some pyjamas on and slippers.
‘I tried to get my hamster out of her cage, but she wouldn’t get out so I had to leave her.
‘I came downstairs and looked up and the sky was covered in smoke, with fire engine. Six or seven fire engines pulled up, there was firemen running everywhere, and about a hundred people in the street.’
She added: ‘It was stressful. I felt awful about leaving my hamster.
Church Street was closed eastbound due to the incident between High Street and Tib Street’s junction with Dale Street.
Witnesses applauded firefighters as they worked to douse the flames, which billowed from the balconies of the apartment block.
Witnesses applauded firefighters as they worked to douse the flames, which billowed from the balconies of the apartment block. (Picture: MEN)
Andrew Hirst, who who lives in the Northern Quarter, said crowds could be heard cheering as the fire was extinguished.
‘You could hear the crowd’s cheers as it was going down and you could see the torches from the firemen searching the burned out apartments right next door to the other apartments that were still frighteningly ablaze,’ the 36-year-old said.
The businessman said the firefighters ‘controlled it well’ but described the incident as ‘pretty scary’.
A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said resource were sent to the scene as shocking footage showed the spread of the fire.
The eighth floor was damaged by the smoke and floors 10 and 11 were affected externally, the fire service said.
A number of people were evacuated from the building and have been offered temporary accommodation.
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An Interview with Ewa Majewska
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In October the Polish Minister of Higher Education and Science announced a plan to erase Cultural Studies (among other disciplines) from the Polish register of scientific disciplines. This shift is billed as part of a general reform of the university system in Poland, supposedly directed at making the system of education more effective. While it is unclear how it accomplishes this objective, it threatens to weaken the critical humanities or even dismantle cultural studies altogether. Polish scholars launched a petition to request support for the continuation of Cultural Studies. The conversation below provides more details of the situation from Professor Ewa Majewska from the Artes Liberales Department of Warsaw University in conversation with McKenzie Wark from Eugene Lang College at The New School.
Ewa Majewska, could you first sketch out for me a little about your own work?
I am a feminist philosopher who is currently working on theories of subaltern counter-publics in the peripheries, weak resistances, and the avant-gardes. I am also interested in the resistance to fascism, and for this some Habermassian belief in institutionalized politics might be inevitable. Perhaps institutions of the common, but still — public, accessible and shared, and not owned. The universities should be one of them — institutions of the common, not just state run or private factories of knowledge.
This proposed erasure of cultural studies from the list of registered disciplines in Poland — what was the official reason, and what do you suspect might be other kinds of motivation ?
The official reason for the erasure of cultural studies from the list of registered disciplines in Poland was that it constitutes an element of a more general restructuring of the Polish academia. For some unknown reason the Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland, Mr. Gowin, declared that the Polish academia should mirror the OECD system of disciplines, which is confusing and different from what we have and what is currently applied in other countries in the EU. This adjustment does not follow the logic of the evolution of the Polish disciplinary division towards the EU. Some 40 disciplines would be erased. What seems most troubling is the general negligence of the OECD towards the humanities — it is a system clearly favoring more technically oriented sciences and therefore unsuited and risky as a model of transforming humanities. The same applies to anthropology and art history.
His response was criticized by many scholars. In the monograph University as a Common Good, a brilliant analysis of the university as an institution of the common, Dr. Krystian Szadkowski makes the point that while the restructuring might actually open even more ways to fully include the diverse interdisciplinary cultural studies curricula into the measurable academic records, everything hides in the details of such a change. For example, whether the changes will create empty gaps in the developments of particular careers, departments, and journals.
I think that the main issue now is therefore to demand more clarity and exact answers to the details of this transformation, or to withhold it until we develop a clearer method of its execution. The Ministerial reform of the academia has already been criticized for its size, and perhaps the reshaping of the disciplines should be postponed, since it neither seems to be ready, nor necessary for the general reform.
Do you think this is part of a general movement towards a more conservative or restrictive approach to culture and scholarship in Poland? Are there other instances to which you think it is related?
For many scholars here this supposition sounds plausible. The majority of critical, progressive humanities scholarship is produced within the cultural studies disciplinary field– in our departments, journals, conferences, and other events. However, this field is not monolithic — the departments of cultural studies at Polish universities are diverse, and heterodox, particularly if you look at their programs and faculty. We have legitimate fears that the interdisciplinary character of the cultural studies will be torpedoed. However, as I emphasized above, the main problem is perhaps the negligence and carelessness of this proposition, not its explicitly political aims.
Cultural studies in the Anglophone world has a reputation for asking difficult questions, about class, race, gender, authoritarian populism, and so on. Does Polish cultural studies have any of those features or commitments?
Well, yes we do. We do all of that, to be precise. While in philosophy departments former Marxists almost all became conservative preachers after the political changes of 1989, within the cultural studies material cultures and histories, gender and ethnicity issues have always been at the core, recently joined by the problems of class, privilege and habitus, also the studies of rural populations and cultures often have some critical axis, as well as the research work on artistic production, naturally critical of neoliberal productivity and precarity, as well as the art histories, which — especially if developed within the cultural studies — bring critical responses to the ideological reproductions of privilege within various fields of cultural production.
What would Anglophone scholars recognize within Polish cultural studies, and what would you say are some unique theoretical or practical aspects of how this work is done there?
Our cultural studies offer several journals, which work internationally and are also produced in English, such as:
Praktyka Teoretyczna (philosophy, social sciences and cultural studies; interdisciplinary)
Interalia (queer and feminist studies)
Cultural Studies Review
Polish Theater Journal
and Kultura Współczesna, the oldest journal in the field, only published in Polish.
There are several developments within cultural studies which might be of interest, such as Holocaust Studies; The analysis of popular culture and feminism; Feminist and queer studies (within aesthetics); Aesthetics and theory of the image.
There’s analysis of cultural production — aesthetics as a matrix of the neoliberal production and forms of resistance. Of the university as the commons and of institutions of the common. Analysis of popular classes. Of resistance, messianism and popular cultures. There is also work on Intercultural and interspecies cultures. Just to name a few topics.
How has the reaction been from other Polish academics? Are you getting support from your colleagues?
We collected some 4700 signatures of support for our petition. This might give an impression of the support; it seems quite large I think, as the academic disciplines might not be the most important topic for most people. Some scholars openly say that this change is nonsensical. Regardless of this, we only get signs of support.
The Polish Sociological Association (Polskie Towarzystwo Socjologiczne; a professional organization) as well as The Citizens of Science (Obywatele Nauki , a general lobby for science, including scholars of different disciplines in Poland,) issued critiques of the ministerial reform project and, in support, letters for our cause. We also have the support of the Crisis Committee of Polish Humanities (Komitet Kryzysowy Humanistyki Polskiej). Their statement is here.
Ewa Majewska is at the Artes Liberales Department of the Warsaw University.
McKenzie Wark is at Eugene Lang College, The New School.
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Domestic betrayal … Julianne Moore as Margaret and Matt Damon as Gardner in Suburbicon. Photograph: Hilary Bronwyn Gay/Paramount Pictures
For his latest directorial outing, George Clooney has given us a macabre comedy noir: watchable, lively, intricately designed, but with exotic plot contrivances and parallel storylines that don’t fully gel. Clooney and longtime producing partner Grant Heslov have rewritten an unproduced script by the Coen brothers, set in a satirically picture-perfect 1950s American suburb. Like the manicured locations of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet or Todd Haynes’s Far from Heaven, this is a place where ugly realities hunch behind the picket fence and the Colgate smiles: racism, deceit, murder.
The Coens’ original screenplay was about a intimately horrible act of violence and domestic betrayal that goes farcically wrong. Clooney and Heslov have added a separate strand, making this drama work a double shift, attacking America’s postwar prejudice. It takes as its starting point the real-life case of the black family who tried moving to Levittown, the notorious whites-only development established by real-estate mogul William Levitt – praised only this summer in a rambling speech by President Donald J Trump to a baffled audience of boy scouts (and I have to admit that the bizarre juxtaposition of subject matter and audience fits rather well with this film).
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Canadian rock group delivers poignant lyrics, spooky style in new release
Destroyer’s twelfth studio album, Ken, lives, thrives in the dark. Dan Bejar evokes creepy, paranoid imagery and eludes to political undertones.
Out on Merge Records, this is Destroyer’s first release since 2015’s Poison Season. This record was produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain, who has been the drummer in Destroyer for around five years.
Whereas many albums have one or two singles, supposed high points of the album, and maybe some low points, Ken, creeps around a middle ground, but hardly stagnates. Rather than creating separate songs, Bejar has crafted a strange, creepy world in 39 minutes filled with images of seedy men in dark alleyways, foggy parks with empty park benches, a few characters at a bar silently sipping on their own cocktails. He creates romantic, yet simultaneously repulsive characters with lines such as “the bride just pissed herself.”
With such visceral and vivid imagery, it is hard not to compare this album to the likes of directors such as Jim Jarmusch or David Lynch. These directors thrive in the dark and manipulate their viewers’ sense of intrigue and paranoia much like Bejar does on this album.
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Substitute teacher Madeline Marx was involved with two 11th grade students
Madeline Marx. (Kettering Police Department)
A substitute teacher at an Ohio high school told detectives that she performed oral sex with one student and had intercourse with another, police say. She also confessed to sending nude pictures through social media to a student, according to a warrant for her arrest.
Madeline Marx, 23, faces two charges of sexual battery.
She worked as a substitute teacher at Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio, according to police records.
“Teachers are entrusted with the responsibility of educating children who are becoming young adults,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a statement to the Dayton Daily News. “This defendant took advantage of her position and developed a sexual relationship with minor students.”
by Brad Hunter
The missing poster for Abby Patterson. She vanished in early September, stoking fears a serial killer is at work.
Every town has its secrets. Some terrifying. Some unspeakable.
In the classic David Lynch crime thriller Blue Velvet, behind the facade of homogeneous small town tranquillity lurked in monsters, heartache and pain.
Go to Podunkville anywhere and eventually you’ll get the 411 on dirty secrets and bad people.
Blue Velvet took place in Lumberton, N.C.
Abby Patterson has not been seen since early September. FACEBOOK
During the past six months, real life has begun imitating art with three young women dead and two more vanished off the face of the earth.
Severing Lumberton — about 100 km over the state line from Myrtle Beach — is I-95, the main Interstate artery on the U.S. eastern seaboard. It runs from the Canadian border to Miami.
For years, the FBI behavioural science unit has believed cold-blooded killers in the guise of truckers have been plying their vile trade on the nation’s interstate highway system.
By TOM BLUNT
Photo by Didier Descouens, Wikimedia Commons
David Lynch is every bit as much of a Franz Kafka fan as you might expect, and at one time he even had a yen to make a film based on The Metamorphosis — even going so far as to write a script -- before realizing he would never be able to do the printed version justice. In addition to the special effects budget required to convincingly film a story about a man transforming into a giant insect, the filmmaker decided that some stories are just most effective in their original medium. “Kafka’s beauty is in his words,” Lynch told a live audience in Italy last week. “That story is so full of words that, when I was finished writing, I realized it was better on paper than it could ever be on film.” If you ever change your mind, David, we promise to watch it anyway, book in hand.
“Stranger Things” gets lots of praise for its assortment of so-called “strong female characters,” but have you ever noticed that the characters in question — Nancy, Joyce, Eleven, and now Max — almost never cross paths? As Caroline Siede points out, this is a handy example of sexism in genre writing. Among the many problems with this style of writing, Siede points out that it’s wildly unrealistic. In a world where women make up half of the population, they are inevitably going to end up talking, working, fighting, and playing together. Keeping female leads isolated subtly informs the audience where the story’s priorities are, no matter how much screen time any of these badass characters end up with.
Most readers who are interested in Marshall McLuhan own a copy of his most important book Understanding Media (1964) in one of its several editions, either in hardcover or paperback. So they probably feel that they don’t need another edition. However, I recommend the Critical Edition, edited by Terry Gordon, for its additional features which are worth the price of the book by themselves. Besides the full text of Understanding Media, these include:-
Book Review: The Traveller: Book One of the Fourth Realm Trilogy by John Twelve Hawks
by Steven Craig Hickman
A few years back I picked up John Twelve Hawks Fourth Realm Trilogy and thXJRHTFFPmisconstrued its overall theme and put it down (for whatever reason?). Not having a connection to my library (being packed up in the move) I found a copy of his first book in a friend’s home and borrowed it for a little light fare at night. I wish now I’d of read this work years ago, for Hawks’ – whether that is his real or appellate name – is a good storyteller and the work as a foray into urban fantasy works.
A few years back I picked up John Twelve Hawks Fourth Realm Trilogy and thXJRHTFFPmisconstrued its overall theme and put it down (for whatever reason?). Not having a connection to my library (being packed up in the move) I found a copy of his first book in a friend’s home and borrowed it for a little light fare at night. I wish now I’d of read this work years ago, for Hawks’ – whether that is his real or appellate name – is a good storyteller and the work as a foray into urban fantasy works.
Hawks is able to weave a tale around a world in which most of what we take for granted is not as it seems – and, yet, he doesn’t just copy the usual paranoid conspiracy crowd, but rather transforms his critical apparatus to shape a narrative around a world in which Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon has become ubiquitous due to our electronic age.
It’s a tale in which there is a secret history of the world in which humans (as in most conspiracy thought) are pawns, sleepers divided into subnormals or drones (criminal elements, poor, excluded, etc.) and normals or citizens (the basic consumer world of late capitalism). Along with this are three groups of hidden agents and their enemies that play our a dramatic history of freedom and fate over the lives of all others on the planet.
The first group is the Travelers: humans who have been gifted with the ability (much like Shamans, Mystics, Sufi, Hindu, Shivaite, or any number of magical, occult, new age astral thought…) to concentrate their psychic energy (astral body) into light and through trance travel into other realms, other worlds. There seems to be four barriers of based on the elements that must be overcome for the traveler to enter into actual other worlds: air, fire, water, earth. Each with certain obstacles to overcome, etc. The Traveler can apparently take a talisman with them (as in the novel the twin brothers who become enemies have Japanese katana’s as Talisman’s).
The second group are Harlequin’s who have since at least the rise of the Knight’s Templar’s protected the Travelers. The Harlequin’s much like the Japanese ninja’s are adept in various martial arts and magical techniques, gymnastics, strategies, and multivalent in weapons, secrecy, anonymity.
The third group is the Pathfinder’s who are those that have the ability to awaken the Traveler’s through 99 special techniques that have been collected in a special book past on from master to pupil.
What was interesting in the first book is Hawk’s ability to make not only the character driven story of interest, but his ability to drive it forward and create an intriguing cast of characters that are not just the typical pasteboard stand in’s but actual full fledged creatures one can empathize with. Very few writers of thrillers have that ability. Most novels are boring and predictable and the characters never become real on the page. Another aspect is that Hawks though didactic in intent doesn’t beat you over the head with polemical statements, but instead allows the story to unfold the message in natural terms and at appropriate times.
The story itself is based around a young woman, Maya, and her struggle with and against the legacy of being a Harlequin. Raised up by her father, Thorn, a man who spent his life in the service of protecting Travelers was recently crippled in an incident involving an ambush set up by a secret group named the Brethren who have for centuries sought out both Traveler and Harlequin and Pathfinder alike with one goal: to murder them and instigate a world wide order of control over the unknowing sleepers: citizens and drones.
For Maya the struggle began as a young girl in her teens during a specific trial in which her father leads her into an ambush with a group of Brethren forcing her to fight or die. She has been trained by him in all the deadly arts of combat and perception and makes quick work of her assailants, but in so doing is disgusted by what she’s become and abandons both her father and the life of the Harlequin for years. Barely keeping in touch with her father she’s led a life of a citizen as best she could during the intervening years until she is summoned to meet with him in Prague.
She comes to Prague and rejects Thorn’s proposal that she take up her rightful place in the Harlequin world, go to America and defend two brothers who have recently emerged from the underground and find and protect them before the Brethren do. But even as she leaves the building returning to her hotel she discovers that things are amiss, something is not right and returns to her father’s hideout to find him and his new student have been murdered. Not only that murdered by that he has been killed by a genetic monstrosity unleashed by the Brethren and their emissary Nathan Boone, head of security using “splicers” or hyena’s that have been genetically altered to feel no pain, and to have one goal – hunger for flesh and blood.
Needless to say this awakens in Maya a deep seated hatred of the Brethren to the point that all she wants now is revenge on those who did this to her father… the rest of the story you will want to read to find out more.
The story is fast paced and has some interesting plot twists and turns, a thriller that will keep you turning the pages as well as in depth characters who make the world feasible. All in all I found the book a delight and instructive, a fable about our prison planet and the corporatocracy of global capitalism and the Deep State of rogue organizations, power, and money that unhinged criminal cartels seem to pervade our failing democracies as we enter a period of authoritarian rule and strong media fictions that cover our world in stagecraft rather real news. A world where those in power work against democracy and shape a vision of world order in which the few rather than the many have the power and control and seek total dominion over every aspect of our existence. A Total Surveillance Society based on human security, lies, and deceit.
Once you accept our inherent ability to say no, you begin to see history in a different way. History isn’t a chronicle of the lives of kings, or their modern equivalents. It’s the story of a continual war between the people and institutions that have power and that core group in each new generation that decides, “I don’t accept your right to that power, your authority.” And this isn’t just a political and social rebellion. The conflict includes those people who challenge the status quo in science, technology, literature, and art.1
As Eric Jensen said a few years back the voices tell you that those in power have your best interests at heart. The micro-chips (RFID’s, etc.) are to reduce theft, the cameras to increase security, and the MRIs, well, if you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of? A world where everything you own is chipped: mobile phones, refrigerators, sports shoes, etc. all the consumer goods surrounding you connected to ubiquitous receivers at the local market, the airport, the downtown total surveillance network, etc. A world completely constructed as they say to protect you and your children. A world that will soon track every aspect of your daily life from waking to sleep, scanning your clothes which will have these dust mite chips embedded, and the medical info chip you hang round your neck or wrist. In a generation your children will grow up knowing no other way, knowing nothing of a world without chips and scans and surveillance.
Even the thoughts in you head may come not from some unconscious process but rather from a machinic system. As Jense says: “Another article, written not so long ago, began with the unforgettable first line: “Those voices in your head may be real.” It went on to say that scientists have been able to develop the rapacity to project a beam of sound so focused that only one person can hear it. It can be transmitted from hundreds of yards away. The military is of course extremely interested in this technology. Microwaves can also be used to transmit sound. Pulses can be beamed into your head, such that you might think that you’re hearing them, or even thinking them. These pulses could be shaped into words, into thoughts. 2
Jeremy Benthem once proposed the infamous Panopticon which was never built, but the notion of a total surveillance society began with his blueprint. In it he foresaw a way of infusing the whole of society with such a mind over mind apparatus for “punishing the incorrigible, guarding the insane, reforming the “vicious, confining the suspected, employing the idle, maintaining the helpless, curing the sick, instructing the willing in any branch of industry, or training the rising race in the path of education: in a Word, whether it be applied to the purposes of perpetual prisons in the room of death, or prisons for confinement before trial, or penitentiary-houses. or houses of correction, or work-houses. or manufactories, or mad-houses, or hospitals, or schools. ” (Jensen, p. 9)
The point here is to make the whole planet into an open prison in which the inmates would be jailor and jailed one and all. Just the notion that you cannot hide, that you have no privacy, that your life 24/7 is under the scrutiny of machines, AI’s that can monitor, track, modulate, and filter every piece of data and information about you and your actions, your desires, wants, needs. All this would allow the prisoner to mind his own life without the need for any other external agent other than his own fear of the System. “Hence,” as Michel Foucault wrote, “the major effect of the Panopticon: to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility I hat assures the automatic functioning of power. So to arrange things that the surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action; that the perfection of power should tend to render its actual exercise unnecessary; that this architectural apparatus should be a machine for creating and sustaining a power relation independent of the person who exercises it; in short, that the inmates should he caught up in a power situation of which they are themselves the bearers. To achieve this, it is at once too much and too little that the prisoner should be constantly observed by an inspector: too little, for what matters is that he knows himself to be observed; too much, because he has no need in fact of being so. In view of this, Bentham laid down the principle that power should he visible and unverifiable. Visible: the inmate will constantly have before his eyes the tall outline of the central tower from which he is spied upon. Unverifiable: the inmate must never know whether he is being looked at anyone moment; but he must he sure that he may always he so. In order to make the presence or absence of the inspector unverifiable, so that the prisoners, in their cells, cannot even see a shadow, Bentham envisaged not only venetian blinds on the windows of the central observation hall, but, on the inside, partitions that intersected the hall at right angles and, in order to pass from one quarter to the other, not doors but zig-zag openings; for the slightest noise, a gleam of light, a brightness in a half-opened door would betray the presence of the guardian. The Panopticon is a machine for dissociating the see/being seen dyad: in the peripheric ring, one is totally seen, without ever seeing; in the central tower, one sees everything without ever being seen.”3
Yet, unlike the literal Panopticon proposed by Benthem the new ubiquitous and invisible Panopticon is a Tower of Electronic surveillance hidden in every object of our capitalist society with all its smart devices from toaster ovens to automobiles, ticket stations to ATM’s. And someday the corporations will engage their employees to embedded such health chips with one’s life history into a small under the skin adaptor that can be read by any and all machines connected to the Surveillance State. Of course we scoff at such things now, saying our civil liberties will always be protected, yada yada ya…. but will it? Will a generation of two down the pipe remember such things? Will they due to terror, war, insecurity, etc. be willing to sacrifice privacy for protection? Will they?
What John Twelve Hawk’s does well in his fable of our modern surveillance society is to underpin the corruption of the Deep State, this rogue world of secrecy, surveillance, black ops, the collusion of corporate and government in its seek total command and control of the populace, along with the exclusion and extrication of any thought-freedom and powers of mind that could awaken people from their sleep in capital, luxury, and erotic wish fulfillment. Even the point of keeping democracy on the edge of oblivion, the charade of politics and stupid leaders, the monetary crisis, the wars, the terror, the all-pervading sense of fear and apathy, all this destruction of the modern world is part of the plan to keep us locked into a need for protection, security, and enslavement to the System.
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An interview with Tony D. Sampson
By Obsolete Capitalism
Introduction by Rizosfera
Tony D. Sampson is reader in digital media culture and communication based in East London, and deals with philosophy, digital culture and new media. His work focuses on an unconventional intersection where political analysis meets the theoretical aspects of digital media and social behaviour, shaping the world of our contemporary era. Writing on substantial components like viruses, virality in communication, contagion and behavioural imitation, the brain and neuroculture in this “rotten world” built on an accelerated bond of technology and ideology of value and proﬁt driven markets, Sampson catches, with a forward looking attitude, some “substantial issues” of the clash between control and technology, society and individual or collective freedom, shaping him not only as a brilliant new media theorist but as an essential political thinker as well. To scan his new book ‘The Assemblage Brain’ (Minnesota Press, 2017) is therefore urgent to understand the important challenge we will face in a very near future.
Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66, CBS News has confirmed.
The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support, reports TMZ.
Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group put out several hits, including "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," "Breakdown," "Listen to Her Heart" and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
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This workshop requires an application. Please see directions below.
TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2017
Graduate student workshop: Being and Event
3 – 6 p.m.
The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Common Room, Columbia University
WEDNESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2017
Alain Badiou: “Immanence of Truths”
Lecture on the forthcoming third volume of his ontology Being and Event
Introductory lecture: Kenneth Reinhard UCLA
Friend Center Lecture Hall 101, Princeton University
THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2017
Graduate student workshop: Logics of Worlds
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Chancellor Green Seminar Room 105, Princeton University
In order to celebrate Alain Badiou’s major new work The Immanence of Truths, two graduate student workshops will be organized at Princeton and Columbia Universities. The workshops will introduce students to the basic concepts of Badiou’s ontological system, addressing sequentially his key works Being and Event and Logics of World. The workshops will be capped by Badiou’s public lecture introducing his forthcoming book The Immanence of Truths.
The lecture on the 18th of October is open to the public.
To apply for the workshops, please send your name, departmental affiliation, and a brief description of your research interests and particular interest in Alain Badiou’s work. Please state also your language proficiency. (The workshops will be held in English, but French proficiency is preferred.)
The applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1st.
Selected participants will be notified by October 12th, 2017.
Readings will be sent to selected participants via e-mail.
Alain Badiou, Being and Event, transl. by Oliver Feltham; (New York: Continuum, 2005)
Alain Badiou, Conditions, transl. by Steve Corcoran; (New York: Continuum, 2009)
Alain Badiou, Logics of Worlds: Being and Event, Volume 2, transl. by Alberto Toscano; (New York: Continuum, 2009)
Alain Badiou, Manifesto for Philosophy, transl. by Norman Madarasz; (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999)
Alain Badiou, Second Manifesto for Philosophy, transl. by Louise Burchill (New York: Polity Press, 2011
Alain Badiou is a French philosopher and playwright. He is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Philosophy of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and one of the founding members of the Faculty of philosophy of the Université Paris VIII. His major works include the two volumes of Being and Event and Being and Event 2.: Logics of Worlds. His philosophical oeuvre connects continental and analytical philosophical traditions along with his reflections on set theory and contemporary mathematics. The third volume of Being and Event is to be published in 2017/18 under the title The Immanence of Truths.
Kenneth Reinhard is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA. He is the author, with Slavoj Žižek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (U. of Chicago Press, 2005), and with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell UP, 1993), as well as articles on Freud, Lacan, Levinas, Henry James, Jewish Studies, and the Bible. In 2004 he founded the University of California Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory. Together with Susan Spitzer, he is currently working on the translation of Alain Badiou’s seminars and his forthcoming book Immanence of Truths.
Events organized by Nick Nesbitt, Professor, Department of French and Italian, Princeton University and Columbia university graduate students committee: Jana Berankova, Leah Pires, Nick Croggnon, Helene Quiniou
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; The Heyman Center for the Humanities; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture; Department of Art History and Archaeology, Department of French and Romance Philology Princeton University, Department of French and Italian
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Pain has been a model of solidarity in the three days since the fear assaults that killed 14 individuals in Barcelona and Cabrils. That number is presently known to incorporate the seven-year-old Julian Cadman, who had double British-Australian nationality and whose drawing in picture has been on front pages. He had been absent since the savage vehicle assault on Thursday evening. On Sunday morning the ruler and ruler drove the grievers at an administration in La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona's house of prayer, which, maybe incomprehensibly in the conditions, was brought about by Antoni Gaudí as a paeon to confidence and patriotism. More than 1,500 individuals pressed the congregation, while close-by Las Ramblas kept on being a concentration for sorrow and resistance.
In any case, behind the solidarity, Spain's national union confronts a bigger number of worries than in most European nations. No less than eight of the fear based oppressors seem to have experienced childhood in one residential community, Ripoll. Their appalled families are pointing the finger at Abdelbaki Es Satty, the imam of one of the town's mosques, for radicalizing their children. The little group, where one of every 10 inhabitants is a vagrant, is in a condition of stun to find that football-adoring children who showed up altogether OK with their Spanish character set out on such a deadly course. Police, who are examining what they now say was a plot to dispatch a tremendous dread assault, are endeavoring to set up whether the imam passed on in a gas blast that obliterated a house last Wednesday.
The Spanish royal family issued a surprisingly emphatic proclamation: “They are assassins, criminals who won’t terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona.”
A large number of against prejudice demonstrators overwhelmed the boulevards of Boston on Saturday, overshadowing a social affair of white patriots in the city and activating fights with police yet keeping away from the genuine brutality that damaged a comparative occasion seven days sooner in Virginia.
An alleged "free discourse" rally by a long shot Right gatherings had been booked to keep running until 2 p.m. (1800 GMT), yet a half-hour before that police escorted its members — whose numbers gave off an impression of being in the handfuls — to wellbeing past a throng of hostile to bigotry dissidents.
Authorities assessed that the turnout came to around 40,000 demonstrators. Experts said there were an aggregate of 27 captures, for the most part for threatening behavior against the police, and tumultuous lead. Flying photographs demonstrated the last gathering filling one of Boston's primary avenues for a few squares, in a tremendous overflowing of against bigot supposition in this firmly Democratic northeastern city.
Counterprotesters walked through the city to memorable Boston Common, where many assembled close to a bandstand deserted right on time by preservationists who had wanted to convey a progression of discourses. Police vans later escorted the traditionalists out of the range, and irate counterprotesters fought with equipped officers attempting to look after request.
Individuals from the Black Lives Matter development later challenged on the Common, where a Confederate banner was scorched and dissenters beat on the sides of a police vehicle.
Later Saturday evening, Boston's police office tweeted that nonconformists were tossing jugs, pee and shakes at them and requested that individuals freely cease from doing as such.
Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most famous comedians, died Sunday at the age of 91
The unbelievable performing artist, comic, artist, maker, screenwriter, and chief had a decades-in length vocation that incorporated a comic association nearby Dean Martin and an over the top nearness in such movies as "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy." The Las Vegas Review-Journal's John Katsilometes reports that he passed away at 9:15 early today at his home in Las Vegas.
Lewis experienced numerous medical problems in late decades; he experienced open-heart surgery in 1983, surgery for prostate malignancy nine years after the fact, showed some kindness assault in 2006, and managed pneumonic fibrosis for a long time. He and Martin controlled the dance club scene all through the 1950s, however their inevitable split wasn't precisely agreeable.
Born on March 16, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey, Jerry Lewis grew up performing in a vaudeville family. He met vocalist Dean Martin in 1945, and they built up a satire demonstration and performed in dance club like the Copacabana. At the point when their routine hit a nerve with gatherings of people, the couple went from making $250 seven days to $5,000, and Lewis never thought back. He soon made a fruitful change into film with 1949's My Friend Irma, which would prompt a series of parts in well known movies and TV appearances.
On Monday, the sun will vanish — for a brief timeframe — crosswise over America.
For a concise minute, day will swing to night. Creatures of all shapes and sizes will go into their evening schedules. Stars and planets will be noticeable, and streetlights will turn on amidst the day.
Here are a portion of the things you should think about the aggregate sun based overshadowing happening August 21.
"The hair on the back of your neck is going to stand up, and you are going to feel different things as the eclipse reaches totality. It's been described as peaceful, spiritual, exhilarating, shocking," said Brian Carlstrom, deputy associate director of the National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate.
As per NASA, encountering an aggregate sun based overshadowing where you live occurs about once in 375 years. In this way, unless current solution progresses significantly in the following couple of years, you won't not make it to the following one.
The last time anybody in the United States saw an aggregate sun powered obscuration was very nearly 40 years back, on February 26, 1979. It's been much longer - 99 years - since an aggregate sun based overshadowing crossed the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The aggregate obscuration on June 8, 1918, go from Washington to Florida.
What exactly is a total solar eclipse?
Not at all like a lunar obscuration, when the moon goes behind the Earth's shadow, a sun based overshadowing happens when the moon goes between the Earth and sun and throws its shadow on the planet. As appeared in the delineation over, this shadow is involved two concentric cones – the bigger penumbra, which from Earth just demonstrates the sun halfway blocked, and the substantially littler umbra, which obstructs the sun totally.
You'll need special glasses to view it
As we're likely all mindful, taking a gander at the sun is a difficult ordeal. On Aug. 21, a great many individuals will be stretching out their necks towards our closest star to witness the sun powered overshadowing, however be cautioned: DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT SPECIAL GLASSES. Affirmed "Overshadowing Glasses" sift through 100 percent of unsafe ultra-violet, 100 percent of hurtful infrared, and 99.999 percent of extreme unmistakable light.
While those in the limited way of totality will have the sheltered chance to see the overshadowing for a couple of minutes without security glasses, every other person should wear them consistently. The uplifting news is, they're shabby and accessible for arrange from an assortment of legitimate sources. Snap here and here to see a few choices.
North Korea cautioned Sunday that the up and coming US-South Korea military activities are "reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war."- CNN said
Pyongyang additionally proclaimed that its armed force can focus on the United States whenever, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US terrain can "dodge the merciless strike."
Trump this week applauded North Korean pioneer Kim Jong-un, after he didn't complete on a risk to flame rockets in waters off Guam, a U.S. region with an extensive maritime base found 2,200 miles upper east of North Korea.
North Korean media said Kim was would hold up to see the U.S. reaction before choosing whether to give the request to flame. U.S. authorities have swore the military activities will proceed this week as arranged.
"The joint exercise is the most explicit expression of hostility against us, and no one can guarantee that the exercise won't evolve into actual fighting," said an publication conveyed by the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
"The Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercises will be like pouring gasoline on fire and worsen the state of the peninsula," the newspaper said.
Cautioning of a "wild period of an atomic war" on the promontory, it included: "If the United States is lost in a fantasy that war on the peninsula is at somebody else's doorstep far away from them across the Pacific, it is far more mistaken than ever."
Seoul and Washington have said the to a great extent PC reproduced UFG work out, which goes back to 1976, will proceed as arranged, however did not remark on whether the drills would be downsized with an end goal to ease strains.
Around 17,500 US troops will take part in the current year's drills — a reduction from a year ago — as per numbers gave by Seoul's safeguard service.
However, South Korea's Yonhap news organization detailed the partners were reflecting rejecting an underlying arrangement to acquire two plane carrying warships to the landmass to participate in the penetrate.
South Korea's best military officer said Sunday that the present security circumstance on the promontory was “more serious than at any other time” in the midst of the North's becoming atomic and rocket dangers, and cautioned Pyongyang of hardhearted striking back against any assault.
“If the enemy provokes, (our military) will retaliate resolutely and strongly to make it regret bitterly,”said General Jeong Kyeong-Doo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in his inauguration speech.
China, North Korea's most essential partner and exchanging accomplice, has repeated calls for quiet amid the present emergency. It has communicated disappointment with both Pyongyang's rehashed atomic and rocket tests and with conduct from South Korea and the US that it sees as heightening strains.
Killer Mike, Lady Gaga, Questlove, John Darnielle, El-P, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many more condemn the president
In the fallout of savagery prodded by a racial oppressor showing in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump censured brutality "on many sides" without particularly counseling racial oppressors. In a public interview today, Trump multiplied down on his underlying remarks, ascribing fault for the occurrence to "the two sides" and, all the while, comparing the "alt-left" to the KKK and neo-Nazis. Many individuals took to online networking to react in outrage and skepticism to the president's announcements, including various noticeable performers.
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Curious about what happened between the original “Blade Runner” and its sequel?
A 180-degree video display helped fill in the gaps during the Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday. The journey sets up the sequel, set 30 years in the future in a dystopian Los Angeles where the police are trying to find illegal replicants. The whole “Blade Runner 2049” story is laid out on roadto2049.bladerunnermovie.com.
Moderator Chris Hardwick asked the sequel’s director Denis Villeneuve why he took the job. “I didn’t want somebody else to f— it up,” he responded.
Ryan Gosling made minor waves for comparing his experience on the movie to being “on a football team with the Avengers.” Hardwick jumped in to let the audience know that Gosling meant to say “Justice League,” prompting laughs.
The cast was dodgy when it came to plot details. When asked if the sequel will answer fans’ questions about the original, Harrison slyly replied, “It doesn’t matter what I think.”
Later, he teased, “The original film explored the ethics of the creation of replicants and their utility and we further develop those themes in the story … but I’m not going to tell you anything about it.”
But it was an audience question directed at Harrison that got the biggest response when he was asked if his goal is to reboot every major franchise. “You bet your a— it is,” he joked as the audience roared.
The panel also screened a short clip from the movie, in addition to releasing new trailers for “Ready Player One,” “Justice League” and a first look at “Aquaman.”
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The 74th Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 9.
The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main competition jury, which will include actress Rebecca Hall, “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright, and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, whose “On Body and Soul” won this year’s Berlin Golden Bear.
They will decide the fest’s main prizes alongside French actress Anna Mouglalis, Mexican film director and producer Michel Franco, Australian film critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, and Hong Kong-based film director and photographer Yonfan.
As previously announced, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will preside over the main jury, the first woman since 2006 to head the panel.
The festival also announced Sunday that U.S. director John Landis will head the jury of the new Venice Virtual Reality section, which organizers tout as the first-ever competition for VR works launched by a major film fest.
Of the main competition jurors, Franco, whose latest feature as a director is “April’s Daughter,” produced 2015 Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar” by Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas. British actress Hall most recently starred in Brooklyn-set romantic comedy “Permission,” which bowed positively at Tribeca, while her countryman Wright (pictured) is making a splash in the U.S. with “Baby Driver.”
Mouglalis (“Coco Chanel”) plays the lead in upcoming horror thriller “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World.” Stratton is a television personality and former Variety reviewer, and also the subject of the documentary “David Stratton: A Cinematic Life,” which screened recently at Cannes. Trinca scooped this year’s best actress award at Cannes for “Fortunata.” Yonfan has written, directed and produced 13 often sexually daring movies, including melodrama “Prince of Tears,” which competed in Venice in 2009.
The festival also announced Sunday the jury members of its Horizons section, which is dedicated to more cutting-edge fare. Italian auteur Gianni Amelio (“The Stolen Children”) will oversee a panel consisting of Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, whose “Tales” won the 2014 Venice best screenplay prize; U.S. director Ami Canaan Mann, whose “Texas Killing Fields” competed on the Lido in 2011; Irish-Scottish director Mark Cousins, best known for his 15-hour documentary, “The Story of Film: An Odyssey”; Argentine screenwriter Andres Duprat, whose “The Distinguished Citizen” just won multiple nods at the Platino Ibero-American Film Awards; Belgian director Fien Troch, whose “Home” took the 2016 Horizons best director prize; and French writer-director Rebecca Zlotowski, whose “Planetarium,” starring Natalie Portman, screened in Venice last year.
French director Benoit Jacquot will head the Lion of the Future jury, which will hand out Venice’s award for best first feature. The other members of the jury are British film lecturer and BFI film programmer Geoff Andrew; veteran Hong Kong-based producer Albert Lee; Italian actress Greta Scarano (“Suburra”); and Greek director Yorgos Zois (“Interruption”). The award recognizes the best debut feature across all competitive sections at the festival and comes with $100,000, to be divided equally between the director and the producer.
Landis will be joined on the VR jury by French screenwriter and film director Celine Sciamma, who directed “Tomboy” and penned “My Life as a Zucchini,” and Italian actor and director Ricky Tognazzi (“Ultrà”).
Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni (“Not of This World”) will preside over the jury of film students who award the Venezia Classics Awards for best restored classic and best documentary on cinema.
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Paintings were seized following a tip-off from the Art Loss Register
Artwork by Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon in his studio, 1960, Made of gelatin
Spanish police say that they have recouped three works by Francis Bacon that were stolen from a private home in Madrid in June 2015. Five works by the Dublin-conceived craftsman were evacuated amid the assault.
As indicated by the BBC, the three unidentified works, which have a place with Bacon's colleague José Capelo, were recouped following a tip-off from the Art Loss Register, the London-based stolen workmanship database. The UK association was reached by a person in Sitges who needed to confirm one of the works. Spanish police did not react to facilitate enquiries.
"The return of the pictures is testament to the benefits of international cooperation between the private sector and law enforcement agencies. That these pictures have now been recovered through the skill of the Spanish police, after the Art Loss Register had identified them, and following the circulation of details of the loss via Interpol, is a perfect example of the value of such collaboration," says James Ratcliffe, director of Recoveries & General Counsel at the Art Loss Register.
Ten individuals have so far been confined regarding the theft; seven captures were made in Madrid a year ago and three more individuals were captured in January.
Bacon’s triptych, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1963), the first portrait of the artist’s longtime lover, fetched $51.8m at Christie’s New York in May.
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I waver between thinking game-maker and animator David O’Reilly’s masterpiece, Everything, is something more than a video game and not a video game at all. Playing it feels much more like looking at a painting, or perhaps taking a psychedelic meditation retreat. In the game, the player takes turns controlling hundreds of individual objects and entities that are cartoonish abstractions of our own reality, from giraffes to microconidia to continents, clouds and eventually galaxies. Eventually, one is able to create madcap worlds-within-worlds where a murder of crows might dance with submarines beneath the ocean, or a planet-sized record player plunks out strange noises in space. (There are, interestingly, no human beings roaming O’Reilly’s worlds.)
Two elements lend this beautiful but absurd experience some real weight. The inclusion of hours of joyful and thought-provoking lectures from the great philosopher Alan Watts, and the expansive score from electronic musician Ben Lukas Boysen and contemporary classical composer/musician Sebastian Plano. Their pieces—anchored by Plano’s emotive cello and expanded by Boysen’s towering, organic ambient structures—are otherworldly and full of wonder. They swell and fade unexpectedly as the player tinkers, and they evoke something more than just beauty. They evoke awe. It is a remarkable experience, and the resulting Everything soundtrack—on the venerable Erased Tapes label—stands on its own as a startling piece of art. We spoke to Boysen and Plano via video chat, as they were drinking beers at Boysen’s home in Berlin.
WHAT TO LOOK AT THE MIEFF EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE ELECTRO-THEATER
From July 20 to July 23, Moscow's "Electrotheater Stanislavsky" will host the II Moscow International Festival of Experimental Cinema. In addition to the actual film and video art in his program, multimedia events like the performance of Dmitry Volkostrelov or the widget set by the Dutch researcher Esther Ulrus, who is engaged in the reconstruction of fossil film manufacturing and processing technologies (in Stanislavsky she will create a video composition on four 16 mm projectors). In general, the program of the festival is very extensive (there are only four retrospectives here). Vasily Koretsky - about what movie can not be missed on MIEFF under any circumstances.
Retrospective of Toshio Matsumoto
Toshio Matsumoto, one of the important figures of the Japanese "new wave" of the 1960s, is known primarily for his feature film "Funeral procession of roses" - a rather scandalous (at one time) picture describing the world of Tokyo's bohemian and half-light (the main character of the expressive "Procession" is a transvestite prostitute). In addition to the "Procession" in the filmography of Matsumoto - three more full-length paintings; However, the director's experiences in the big cinema had a character, rather sporadic and inconsistent. Exercises in the tight frame of the film format are only weak reflections of Matsumoto's experiments in video art and multimedia theater. His video works, on the contrary, demonstrate the meaningfulness of the method and the integrity of the reception. In the first half of the 1960s he was a documentaryist trying to give the social dock a poetic and not a publicistic form (similar black and white chronicles of the working people Tkachi Nishizdin and Stone's Song, a color film-essay "Mothers" shot on creative business trips In the USA and France). By the end of the decade, Matsumoto switched from poetic realism to pop art, parodying Duchamp and Warhol ("Metastasis") with the help of Scanimate's latest visual synthesizer or by assembling a chronicle of parties in a chaotic semblance of a music video. In 1973, the "Mona Lisa" was brought to Japan from the Louvre, and Matsumoto removed his most probably video work - "Mona Lisa", composed of a series of various reproductions of the portrait, processed by Scanimate.
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Andrés Muschietti's hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's It will open the Fantasy Filmfest in Munich, Germany. The festival runs September 6 - 16.
The festival's 2017 lineup already includes a number of eagerly awaited titles, including Paco Plaza's (REC) Veronica, Cannes premiers such as The Villainess and Sicilian Ghost Story, as well as the Japanese box office hit Memoirs of a Murder.
Other genre titles include Joe Lynch's Mayhem, Danish vigilante thriller Darkland, shark attack flick 47 Meters Down and many more.
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The whole concept behind 10+ Years Later is to revisit films about which time has potentially changed your opinion. When perusing David Lynch's filmography, I found myself routinely thinking, “Of course Dune is terrible,” and ignoring it to the extent that I could. But really, if one hardly remembers a film at all, and one likes or loves everything else that a filmmaker has done, doesn't one owe said film a second watch?
I consider Lynch to be my favorite living artist. I can find value in just about everything he's produced, even when it's a television commercial or a thinly-veiled transcendental meditation manifesto. In college I wrote an (overly long, and surely fawning) essay about his fascination with the duality of blonde girls-next-door and brunette femmes fatale.
In preparation for it, I re-watched every movie of his save for The Elephant Man, The Straight Story, and Dune. While I have always liked the first two, I never thought Dune was worth another thought, and Lynch's own admission of failure has tidily validated my avoidance.
Now, though, Lynch is enjoying both success and the sweet freedom of total creative control on Twin Peaks: The Return. For the third season's premiere, he basked in a standing ovation at Cannes, the same festival at which his work was booed 25 years ago at the screening of Fire Walk With Me. At 71, he has finally (long overdue) found a medium that suits him, a studio that trusts him, and an audience that will follow him. The sting of Dune's failure has hopefully diminished. So, in the interest of potential revisionism, let's give it one more look.
It's somewhat difficult to critique Dune in 2017, when all of its flaws and shortcomings were already laid relentlessly bare by critics upon its release over 30 years ago. And if not difficult per se, the task is surely unnecessary and redundant. Most negative reviews of the era focused on the film's incoherence, its tedious pacing and its general lack of intrigue. For Lynch devotees (especially looking back on the film and trying to reconcile it amongst his oeuvre), the complaints tend to hinge on its directorial anonymity: its seeming lack of Lynchian DNA.
For the moment, I will attempt an objective look at Dune as a film -- rather than specifically as a Lynch film. This should not be hard for me to do, because I had always followed Lynch's lead in writing it off as a project he never should have been involved in. This article assumes the reader has seen the movie, and there are spoilers ahead.