1st Person, Artifice, , Hard Labor, Noted, Ohio

Intellectuals In The Jazz Age

Phi Theta Kappa Seal

Phi Theta Kappa Seal

In which our hero offers, humbly, the essay version of a speech he planned to give to Edison’s PTK chapter last month; he was prevented from boring members, inductees, and their families to tears when his spine dissolved into sawdust. Posted so both interested PTK members can forward it to their homies in a DM tweet led by some hashtaggy version of tl;dr.

I was in a hurry to leave college. You’ll note, twenty years on, I was mostly unsuccessful. Given my haste, I never thought to petition an honorary society. Nor, I should add, did any invite me.

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1st Person, Hard Labor, Noted, Ohio, Paterfamilias


Got More Rattlers Than A Newborn Baby

My workspace was destined to someday become littered with pill bottles; but I dreamed I’d be, you know, cool about it.

Like Johnny Cash, or Elvis, or Marc Bolan.

Turns out I’m Anna Nicole Smith.

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Artifice, , Hard Labor, Noted

Special Guest Star Steven Holland—Dreaming of Me: Identity and the Ideal Self in Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine

Guest post by Steven Holland—killer, author & poet, ©2008

Velvet Goldmine (1998), Todd Haynes’ glittery, decadent tribute to the glittery, decadent glam rock scene of the early 1970s, revolves around Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) and his obsession with rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), both as a starry-­eyed fan in colorful 1974 London and as a disillusioned journalist in a bleak 1984 New York. Though Brian Slade and fellow rock idol Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) are the ostensible central figures in this rock­-n­-roll drama, Arthur is the true center of the story, a situation which reflects one of the primary themes of Velvet Goldmine: the search for one’s identity in that of others. Arthur’s story, in fact, which may appear to be secondary through most of the picture, carries the film’s true dramatic power, in contrast to the trashy melodrama of the two rock stars.

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