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In the first installment of To the Nines, a series of articles surveying interesting films from a representative year from each decade, 1959 provides an index of films dealing with crises of faith relating to sexual, mythological, and political identity, and how these faiths are expressed on the screen.

As of January 2009, I still have not seen all the movies from 2007 that I wanted to see.  This is the blessing and the curse of being a cinephile in an age when technology has allowed my favorite medium to proliferate:  I will never want for new, intriguing cinema; I will also never be able to catch up.  The best I can do is slog ahead, basing the priority […]

Recently, a number of pieces have appeared in various media outlets in reaction to Barack Obama’s cabinet nominations. David Sanger, writing for the New York Times, reacted to the nominees by saying that Obama is “surrounding himself with pragmatists rather than ideologues.” Robert Burns, writing for the Associated Press reports that “Obama’s choices signal a more pragmatic, less ideological approach to asserting American leadership in the world.” The Washington Post […]

From times of great desperation arise moments of great progress.  The United States proved this on Tuesday by hammering the definitive nail in the coffin of centuries-long apartheid and oppression — a coffin which has taken over forty years beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to nail shut — by electing its first minority President.  Massive worldwide reaction, excited and often emotional (including the declaration of a national […]

A lot of people are scared of the markets these days.  Most people seem scared because they don’t know what the markets are going to do next.  But the thing that scares me the most is the fact that anyone would think they should be able to figure out what the markets will do next.  The simple fact of the matter is that markets are always wildly unpredictable. The Efficient […]

Every year around May, Walls ice cream endeavour to persuade the British public that, despite black skies and torrential rain, it is actually summer and therefore time to consume large quantities of frozen dessert. This year, the face of their Magnum campaign is the immaculately coiffed Eva Longoria Parker (5’2”/ 24” W/ 32”B).  She smoulders against a warm chocolate background, limbs artfully arranged at an impossibly uncomfortable angle, wearing a […]

How does a modern, 21st century woman deal with sexuality? More importantly, how does society as a whole deal with female sexuality? Looking back in history, it’s one of the most complex, confusing and, at times, frustrating issues our gender has had to deal with. Throughout history, the female form has been associated with fertility (the “mother” figure) and love (Venus/Aphrodite) yet human traits like chastity and modesty have traditionally […]