Category Archives: Video

Video: John Berger – Ways of Seeing

I was just having a conversation about Berger’s book Ways of Seeing, and I was curious about the mini-series. Much of his theories from the 70’s still apply today, especially those about comodification of art.

Also posted in Art, Commentary, cultural studies

Video Lecture: "Harold Bloom: Criticism and Self-Influence"

Harold Bloom is one of the preminent living literary critics. He’s the Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. He’s written over thirty books (which I won’t list for obvious reasons) and he’s the recipient of many awards and honory degrees (which I also won’t list for obvious reasons).

Here is an excellent video lecture series called “Criticism and Self-influence.” ┬áThe series focuses on:

his readings of Whitman in his first lecture and of Shakespeare in his second, these lectures are contributions to Bloom’s intellectual biography. They will give a sense of how Harold Bloom reads, what stirs his mind, what he looks for, and what he projects on a text. With so impressive a list of works to his credit, Bloom will assess not only his impact on the world of literary criticism, but also his vision as a man of letters who has taught us how to think about that one subject that will always challenge our ability to think:

Harold Bloom: Criticism and Self-Influence from The Graduate Center, CUNY on

Harold Bloom: Criticism and Self-Influence, Part 2 from The Graduate Center, CUNY on

Also posted in Bloom, Critical Theory, Literature

Favorite Attenborough Moments

Yes, I admire, even love, David Attenborough, and in doing so, I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite Attenborough moments.

Can I get some more head jerk, please?

The lyre bird.

Silverback close encounter

Watching a blue whale surface

Describing the demise of the Rapa Nui civilization.

Chimps using tools to eat nuts

Scaring a sloth

Also posted in animals, Documentary

Re: The Chomsky/Foucault Debate

As relevant now as it ever has been.

Also posted in Chomsky, Cultural Anthropology, Foucault

Music Listens for January 2-6

I’ve still been playing with the idea of putting together a best-of list, which would require I take a thorough accounting of every album I’ve listened to this entire year, then making a list of what I thought were the best ones. Fun fun.

Anyway, here’s my list for this week.

Sun Ra – The Futuristic Sounds of…
Someone how I pulled this out of the stack and listened to it quite a bit.

Snowman – Absence
I’ve always enjoyed this album , but each time I listen to it I wonder about just what it contributes to the landscape of post-rock. In any case, it’s a joy to listen to.

Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain
Needless to say, this is a classic.

Grant Green – First Session
This guy plays jazz guitar like few others.

Also posted in Jazz, Post Rock