To Charlotte Von Stein, Goethe

Fate, why did you grant us this depth Of insightful vision into our future, So that our love, earthly happiness, Is a thing we can trust in happily never? Why did you grant us such intuition, Such power to know each other’s heart, To see, among life’s scattered throng, The true relationship where we are?  Oh, many thousands of us drift dumbly Through life, our … Continue reading To Charlotte Von Stein, Goethe

Unveiling the Disguise of Trauma in Waltz with Bashir, Justyna Szczupak

Ari Folman and David Polonsky’s animated documentary film, Waltz with Bashir, recounts the experience of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) men during the First Lebanon War. The focus of the film is the fragmented mind of an IDF veteran who cannot recall any tangible memories about his role in the war, especially the events surrounding the atrocities that took place at the Sabra and Shatila … Continue reading Unveiling the Disguise of Trauma in Waltz with Bashir, Justyna Szczupak

E Unibus Pluram, David Foster Wallace (1990)

Originally published in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, this essay sketches a loose history of the American television industry advertising, U.S. fiction and advertisement. The title “E Unibus Pluram” means “from one, many” and is a solipsistic play on the American motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “out of many, one.” While Wallace acknowledges that TV is fun, most evident from the fact that the average American watches … Continue reading E Unibus Pluram, David Foster Wallace (1990)