Category Archives: Essays

El Chantaje de Thomas Bernhard

Cuando era cinéfilo, allá en los 1990, frecuentemente aguantaba sentado, impertérrito, a ver todos los créditos después de haber acabado una película. Había leído que eso era lo que hacían los cinéfilos. Si los créditos suman unos cinco minutos por … Continue reading

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Slavoj Zizek’s Red-Inked Letter from the Left

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek may be the most controversial thinker alive: on the right, he’s commonly derided as a buffoonish Communist, one described by the popular conservative writer Theodore Dalrymple as an “Ideal Fraud” who hopes for the resurrection … Continue reading

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An artist is just a bad propagandist (2)

In one of my first posts I argued that many artists are just inept propagandists: they have an idea they want to defend or promote, they do it poorly and muddle the message; then, art emerges in the process, like … Continue reading

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A Correspondent’s Progress (2)

In the second part of his memoirs, titled The Infernal Grove, Malcolm Muggeridge shows his hand early (by page 19, to be precise) by musing on that strange thing, innocence, which he calls “often a quality of worldly success, as … Continue reading

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A Correspondent’s Progress (1)

“So I began, and the words seemed to come of themselves; like lying as a child, or as a faithless lover; words pouring out of one in a circumstantially false explanation of some suspicious circumstance. The more glib, the greater … Continue reading

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An artist is just a bad propagandist

Arthur Miller was appalled by the reception of his legendary play, Death of a Salesman. In his autobiography, “Timebends,” the playwright wrote about his deep disappointment when he realized the public adored the play’s protagonist, Willie Loman, and confessed he … Continue reading

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The Ethical Game

“The Ethical Game: Morality in Postapocalyptic Fictions from Cormac McCarthy to Video Games” is my first published essay. It’s right here https://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/the-ethical-game-morality-in-postapocalyptic-fictions-from-cormac-mccarthy-to-video-games. Of course, being a professional journalist and all, this is not my first published article by a long … Continue reading

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