How seriously should we take the aesthetic philosophy of Jack Nicholson’s Joker? Is “the interesting” actually interesting or is it merely…interesting?
This episode of The Sometime Seminar discusses contemporary and digital aesthetics, looking at Sianne Ngai’s recent book Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting and the “New Aesthetic” as discussed by James Bridle and Bruce Sterling.
Why is Spielberg’s Lincoln like Pasolini’s Salò? Tune in to find out (or not).
This episode of The Sometime Seminar discusses the Tarantino slave spaghetti Western film Django Unchained.
Related links, reviews and discussions:
Jelani Cobb in The New Yorker
Richard Brody, also in The New Yorker
Stephen Marche in Esquire
A back-and-forth on the film from Big Media Vandalism
The Last Psychiatrist on Django Unchained and politics (among other things)
This episode of The Sometime Seminar discusses recent developments in online higher education and particularly the MOOC phenomenon/fad.
In our debut episode, The Sometime Seminar discusses Game of Thrones. Related links and notes: