From masculinity

part of Pretty Boys & Pathos, an ongoing column exploring the men of classic Hollywood In a July 1953 letter to writer Budd Schulberg about casting On the Waterfront, famed director Elia Kazan wrote: “If we don’t get Brando, I’m for Paul Newman. This boy will definitely be a film star. I have absolutely no doubt.…

When I first started playing the violin in the fourth grade, my parents went violin crazy. If there was someone playing violin on a TV show or in a commercial, they immediately called for me to come see or listen to it. My mom would record episodes of shows for me to watch later because…

There is an adage about watching cinema on mute. It dictates that a film is truly worth its salt when all sonic components are removed and the work remains comprehensible and compelling. It’s a very pedagogical saying, something likely concocted to impress upon film students that good filmmaking comes, first and foremost, from calculated cinematography……

The preceding text is a translation-interpretation of Kurt Cobain’s suicide note into the International Code of Signals. Sentence spacing and punctuation have been necessarily eliminated, otherwise each letter of the source document is represented by its respective standardized flag symbol. Mother’s Day, 10 May, 2015 München Patrick J. Reed is an artist and researcher with…

Bachelor parties exemplify what I love and hate about masculinity. On the one hand, they exist as a relic of an archaic form of masculinity that stands to separate men and woman as dichotomously oppositional social beings. On the other hand, the ritualistic and liminal aspects of these parties cement friendships amongst men and allow…