Thursday, June 22, 2023

Strung Out

Everything Everywhere All At Once, the sleeper Academy Award Winning film has achieved its success due to the recognizability of its themes. According to the doctrine of eternal return one's form exists in infinite doppelgängers. A monkey sitting in front of a typewriter iterating Hamlet is another expression of the same idea. But that’s intellect. What about emotion and catharsis? The reason why moviegoers liked EEAAO is that they recognized themselves in it. Parenthetically the reason why Jackson Pollock was recognized was not through the machinations of a dealer though that obviously helped. The world is not what it appears to be and in this case foresight is 20/20. In analytic theory the concept of "apres coup" posits the notion that trauma only reveals itself to victims post hoc. The nature of the universe hence may not be Stuart Davis Ashcan School realism but a world underneath--an idea presented eloquently inThe Matrix, one of the most iconic expositions of this theme. The new realism is what used to be deemed surreal or abstract or strung out (a la StringTheory) This world only appears as a glimmer or insinuation until a work of imagination like EEAAO opens one’s eyes to it. 

read The Wormhole Society by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

and listen to "Freeway of Love" by Aretha Franklin

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