Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Habitrail Critic Hits the Road: Sex, Spectacle, and Sucker Punch

I’ll keep this short and spoiler-free: 1. The most clever and fascinating thing about Sucker Punch‘s multilayered  and fantastic dissociations is how surprisingly real and grounded in the traumas and troubles of bodies (especially women’s bodies, women’s experiences) they turn out … Continue reading

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Diary of a Possibly Stupid and Impossible Project, Part 3: In Which Small Progress Is Made

Now that I’ve got something like the intro to the song figured out, I’m beginning to realize that percussion is going to be the bit that decides how the rest of the tune will go. I suspect it’s going to … Continue reading

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Habitrail Critic: I Take This Movie

So, back on the ol’ recumbent cycle, and back to the movies. This time, I found myself watching an odd, lesser-known Spencer Tracy/Hedy Lamarr romance called I Take This Woman (1940). It is not, on the whole, a truly brilliant piece … Continue reading

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Diary of a Possibly Stupid and Impossible Project, Part 2: In Which We Struggle Mightily With Dashing el Deano

Obviously, if I’m going to record my goofy version of The Devil Went Down to Georgia, one of my tasks is breaking the song down into its various components and trying to master them piece by piece. I’ve already put … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to My Logic Students

This is what ambiguity looks like. It is also a splendid example of why you should do your best to avoid ambiguous expressions in contexts in which humor would be…ill-advised. Reasonably, Me

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Diary of a Possibly Stupid and Impossible Project, Part 1: In Which We Learn Some More of Our Limitations

I have been playing the classical violin since grade school/junior high, and for years (particularly since I moved to my current charming rural abode) people have asked me whether I could play Charlie Daniels’ Devil Went Down to Georgia. I … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Some Enterprising Bathroom Stall Advertisers at my Current Institution

I feel you. I really do. I understand that your target population (in this case) is college students, who are often far too busy to notice the various posters stuck up on bulletin boards, walls, windows, and assorted other vertical … Continue reading

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