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The Non-Cinema Rubric (3)

December 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments

The glum protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov’s first novel, Mary, sinks so low that he works as a movie extra: “Nothing was beneath his dignity; more than once he had even sold his shadow, as many of us have.  In other words he went out to the suburbs to work as a movie extra on a […]

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The Non-Cinema Rubric (2)

June 26th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the unpleasant aspects of cinema is its passivity.  The movie is blasted at you, and there’s nothing to do.  You don’t have enough room to move, enough light to read, or enough quiet to carry on a conversation.  Alcohol — even a harmless beer — will be confiscated.  Food is available, but little […]

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The Non-cinema Rubric (1)

February 2nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

‘Did you ever happen to visit the cinematograph in your travels?’ ‘Never,’ I answered humbly, ‘but I believe it is a dark quarter and little can be seen at all except the photographs on the wall.’  — Flann O’Brien Over the years, I’ve developed a distinct aversion to movies.  I’m aware that this is not […]

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Opening “Pandora’s Music Box”

January 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Ullage Group’s sixth public outing attracted our largest turnout yet.  We ran out of chairs and pews; some had to stand, fidgeting. After an introductory sermonette, Lisa uncorked the ullage, and poured out the traditional offering to our hosts at the Jalopy Theater, Geoff and Lynette Wiley.  She then discussed the cultural history of […]

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