This week: old expressionist movies, disrespectful obituaries, and more, more, more on dystopic fiction! Yay!
- Ed Howard’s essay on M, a hauntingly creepy masterpiece of the early 1930s, thoughtfully elucidates what makes the movie so powerful.
- I have a morbid fascination with frankly unflattering obituaries, so art critic Jerry Saltz’s reflective yet withering take on Thomas Kinkade, who died last Friday, was bound to capture my attention.
- Early onset of puberty has more serious repercussions than this, but the effect on boys’ choirs hadn’t occurred to me, and it saddens me.
- As one who values insights over encyclopedic knowledge (in large part I myself have never had the discipline to commit myself to one particular subject), I can’t bring myself to mourn the Internet-fueled demise of the old-school music geek, but Alexandra Molotkow’s essay on the subject is still fascinating.
- This AV Club discussion on whether dystopic fiction should explain how civilization got to its particular nightmarish point is a fun read. (Part of me is annoyed that my long-time favorite genre is now incredibly trendy—I’m not special anymore, damn it!—but the other part of me is enjoying all the exploration of such a compelling subject.)