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Allegory in  Epidemic: The White Light in Saramago's Blindness

Allegory in Epidemic: The White Light in Saramago’s Blindness

If perception is reality, the loss of perception is nothing short of an existential crisis. But it is inevitably more than that, it is an entirely new reality  of heightened sense, an uncovering what was so often overlooked or ignored. So when an entire city in Portugal goes blind – an epidemic of sorts, the…

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Mozart's Opera Comes Alive in the Land of the
Mozart’s Opera Comes Alive in the Land of the “Magic Flute”

A hard truth for the lovers of the traditional dramatic arts: wide spread appreciation for opera is long gone. Blame  it on the medium being less accessible, or the fact that its profound melodramas, its weighty melodies are no match for today’s instant, multi-stimuli interactive media. But what’s to say opera can’t be engaging and…

Watch Zoetropic Memories Come to Life in the Powerfully Resplendent Re-Belief
Watch Zoetropic Memories Come to Life in the Powerfully Resplendent Re-Belief

A big part of anyone’s life and personality is the hold of what usually remains unseen: the memories, the emotions, the mental prisms that seem to trap us, bind us to some preordained fate. The innate parts that always leave us asking: is there any way to break free? Perhaps there is, declares Raymond McCarthy…

“ForgottenBookmarks” Explorers the Stories and Characters in Between the Book Pages

When a person gives away a book, chances are part of the book stays with them. But what many may not know is that from time to time,  something of them stays with the book too. Forgottenbookmarks.com exists solely to discover what others have left behind in what they read. Most of the time, it’s…

“Roadside Picnic” and the Realm of Sci-Fi Realism

By the end of Roadside Picnic “the Zone” is no clearer than it was from the beginning.  Despite having gone through it various times, its expanse escapes complete definition, though some, like the gritty red-haired anti-hero Redrick “Red” Schuart, excel more than others at navigating into its unknowns.  It is perhaps somewhere between an industrial…

This Tumblr Teaches You The Art Of Hearing Music
This Tumblr Teaches You The Art Of Hearing Music

The art of film is the art of kinetic, dynamic narrative. One film still is never meant to be inert or isolated, but builds upon and weaves into another. Even films with still frame shots are still in motion – the pause is one through time, it feels unnatural, tortured. But what if you took…

“Coin Locker Babies,” a Brilliantly Dark Saga

When ones gets through the first chapter, or even for that matter, the first sentence, of Ryu Murakami’s Coin Lockers Babies, there is a sudden realization that the mundane is grotesque, sordid, and fetid–that natural everyday life hides behind it a prominent unnaturalness, and vice versa. Murakami’s novel, after all, was based on the true…