In Which I Continue Going Postal Modern

If every tribe is an interpretive community, and no tribe ever comes into contact with another one, then the problem does not arise. If there is only one tribe (as interpretive community), then the problem does not arise. But in the contemporary world (I had almost said modern world), all these tribes, interpretive communities, denominations, …

Subversiveness Is Bad?

“When a kid watches the animated movie Shrek, he probably doesn’t know about Carl Jung’s theories of psychological types and the collective unconscious, but he is ingesting them nonetheless through those characters and that story adapted after the Jungian model . . . The screenwriters admit Shrek’s Jungian ideas: ‘The book is very clever, because …

The Uncooperative Psalmist of Israel

“The victim who speaks in the Psalms seems not in the least ‘moral,’ not evangelistic enough for the good apostles of modern times. The sensibilities of our humanists are shocked . . . The display of violence and resentment ‘so characteristic of the Old Testament’ is deplored, and is seen as a particularly clear indication …

There Are Slugs On the Bottom of the Salad Too

“Two of the most frustrating replies to hear when asking people what they thought of a movie are ‘I liked it’ or ‘I didn’t like it,’ accompanied by an inability to explain why . . . We have already established that stories do not exist in a vacuum of meaninglessness. Movies communicate prevailing myths and …