How far apart are humans from animals—even the Vampyroteuthis infernalis, the “vampire squid from hell”?Let’s discuss. Considering the human condition along with the Vampyroteuthis infernalis condition seems appropriate because “we are both products of an absurd coincidence,” writes Vilém Flusser. Q&A WITH VAMPYROTEUTHIS INFERNALISSubject of Vilém Flusser’s Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise Q. How are you … More Halloween special: A rare interview with the ancient vampire squid from hell.
Coming to terms with American expectations of normal sleep.Cross-posted with the Day In, Day Out blog series at Psychology Today Matthew Wolf-Meyer gives a brief overview of the history of sleep and its common misunderstandings. BY MATTHEW J. WOLF-MEYER You’re sitting at your desk, slowly reading through your response to a friend’s email, when … More How natural is human sleep?
Born in 1911 and deceased in 1938 at age 27, much about American blues singer Robert Johnson’s birth, life, and death remain a mystery. Here, Alan Greenberg discusses his decades-long journey to bring a screenplay about Johnson’s life and the culture of the Mississippi Delta and blues music during the 1930s to the big screen. … More Patience & chaos: The battle to bring "Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson" to the big screen. (Part 2 of 3)
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1995. The iconic Italian arthouse auteur Michelangelo Antonioni (1912–2007) would have turned 100 this fall, and here UMP authors John David Rhodes and Karl Schoonover discuss how his complex films have transformed their understanding of the politics of the moving image. ——- Karl Schoonover: I’m interested in the fact that both of us … More Rethinking Michelangelo Antonioni’s modernism: A conversation between Karl Schoonover and John David Rhodes
It’s going to be a nail-biting month: While Minnesotans will decide whether to ban same-sex marriage at the polls in November, voters in Washington State, Maine, and Maryland will be deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage. BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio This fall, same-sex marriage will be on … More Same-sex marriage: In November, four states have the power to make history.
One of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Robert Johnson’sshort life remains steeped in mystery and wrapped in some of the most enduringlegends of modern music. BY ALAN GREENBERGWriter, film producer, film director, and photographer It was 1974, and it all began when I was building a bed. Living alone … More With a little help: How crucial encounters with Werner Herzog and Mick Jagger led to the development of a screenplay about Robert Johnson’s extraordinary life and legacy.