Gerry Canavan

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Quote of the Day (An Oldie but a Goodie)

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When you find that, within forty years, a great and almost miraculously handsome lake has been transformed into a cesspool, don’t ask how such destruction might be undone. That would be to turn back—and we must fare ever forward. Hence, with your eyes fixed on the beacon of the future, rather ask yourselves how, if you but polluted the lake ten times as much, you might convert it into some new source of energy. Thus, conceivably, you might end up by using the rotted waters as a new fuel. Or, even better, they might be made to serve as raw material for some new kind of poison, usable either as a pesticide or to protect against unwholesome political ideals.

—Kenneth Burke, “Towards Helhaven: Three Stages of a Vision”

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March 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Writing about Film on the Internet

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I find the blog form is exceptionally good for discussions about film. Here’s just two recent examples, Scott McLemee at Inside Higher Ed talking about Wall-E in the context of Kenneth Burke’s Helhaven and the Pinocchio Theory on Harold and Kumar Go to Guantánamo Bay.

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July 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm