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Lady Susan Finesses Downward Mobility in Whit Stillman’s <i>Love and Friendship</i>

Lady Susan Finesses Downward Mobility in Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship

Just in time for the DVD release of Love and Friendship, here’s a wonderful post about the film from our friend, Jeremiah Lawson. The character Charlie Black made an observation disguised as a question in the 1990 film Metropolitan: why is it that the stories about social mobility Americans are drawn to only have upward […]

Another Week Ends: Negatively Positive Thinking, <i>Bill W. and Dr. Bob</i>, Love and Friendship, Fun Families, Facebook Sociology and Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories

Another Week Ends: Negatively Positive Thinking, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Love and Friendship, Fun Families, Facebook Sociology and Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories

1. Think positive! The New Yorker this week pushes back against the “think I can” trend, famously espoused by Thomas the Train – and even in adult media, too. While it’s certain that confidence often sometimes helps (Seahawks defensiveback Richard Sherman self-imputed the title “best cornerback in the league” and subsequently grew into it), it tends to break […]

The Comforts of Irony and the Terror of Earnestness: A Review of Whit Stillman's <i>Metropolitan</i>

The Comforts of Irony and the Terror of Earnestness: A Review of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan

Mockingbird favorite Whit Stillman’s wonderful debut film, Metropolitan, is a social commentary which continually crosses over, wryly and adroitly, into the domain of religious experience, Law and Gospel, anxiety and trust. It follows a young group of debutantes and their escorts in New York City, those sons and daughters of established wealth whose socio-economic trajectory […]

Another Week Ends: Townes Van Zandt, Hyper-Parents and Filial Competence, Jane Austen, Visible Signs (That You Were A Youth Group Kid), <i>Girls</i>, Christian Athletes, Jonah Lehrer Proves Himself, More Ash Wednesday, St. Paul, and Beck

Another Week Ends: Townes Van Zandt, Hyper-Parents and Filial Competence, Jane Austen, Visible Signs (That You Were A Youth Group Kid), Girls, Christian Athletes, Jonah Lehrer Proves Himself, More Ash Wednesday, St. Paul, and Beck

1. Over at Internet Monk, a thoughtful Ash Wednesday article explores singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt’s legacy in relation to the way Americans process death, depression, powerlessness, or other ‘negative’ emotions: Of course we live in a culture of death — because we are human, and human beings die, and human beings often choose ways that lead […]

Despair, Hope, and Imagination: Theophilus North and Edweena

Despair, Hope, and Imagination: Theophilus North and Edweena

From Thornton Wilder’s vigorously perceptive student of faces, Theophilus North, a 20-something with his hands in every corner of the “Nine Cities” of 1920s Newport, Rhode Island–from the house of “Nine Gables” to Navy watering holes to immigrant shop owners–without intending to do so! He finds ways into the homes and hearts of the people […]

Opening Dialogue from Whit Stillman's Metropolitan

Opening Dialogue from Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan

What better way to kick off Conference week than with some of the greatest opening lines in film history?! Metropolitan is Whit Stillman’s first film (and many think his best – it’s my third favorite), and even from its opening scene, it is clear that a remarkably fresh voice had arrived on the American cinema […]