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He fills his head with culture/ He gives himself an ulcer.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Odds and ends at work. I met with the chair of the Social Science Division, mostly to let her know that they have lots more money to be spent. One fellow in the History department has requested thousands of dollars worth of European history, and one Psychology prof has requested a dozen or so books, but other than that, nothing: haven't heard from Sociology, Political Science, Criminal Justice, or Geography.

Watched another Guy Maddin, Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary. Pretty odd: a ballet version of the Bram Stoker tale, filmed in a deliberately vintage style (black and white, peephole filter, silent with title cards). Maddin, a good Canadian leftie, subverts the text; Dracula is the hero, liberating young women from repressive Victorian mores, while Van Helsing is a xenophobe (Dracula is a "menace from the East") and hypocrite (outwardly prudish, inwardly prurient--the medical exam he gives to Lucy is not-so-subtly erotic). Mildly interesting, but really the only Maddin I've genuinely enjoyed is The Saddest Music in the World.


Blogger Felix said...

Clever link....

4:18 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thanks--although I have to admit I did meet a Canadian conservative once (from Alberta, natch).

6:39 PM  

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