Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Melancholy Choice


If men are compelled to make the melancholy choice between atheism and superstition, the scientist, as Bacon pointed out long ago, would be compelled to choose atheism, but the poet would be compelled to choose superstition, for even superstition, by its very confusion of values, gives his imagination more scope than a dogmatic denial of imaginative infinity does. But the loftiest religion, no less than the grossest superstition, comes to the poet, qua poet, only as the spirits came to Yeats, to give him metaphors for poetry.

-- Northrop Frye, The Anatomy of Criticism (second essay, p. 125)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Is there 'Life' in the Movies?

Abortion is not the topic of many movies, and good films that handle the issue well are few and far between. For this month’s theme, I decided to rewind and take a look at a few features that tell a compelling story about women faced with unexpected pregnancies, and how it affects their lives and families. 

The British seem to have the edge on American filmmakers here, but let’s start with the U.S. (Spoilers ahead.

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