Bahut yaarana lagta hai

Todd Stadtman’s vast, voracious appetite for the beautiful and strange art of the world pushed me beyond limitations I would have otherwise settled within. “I still have a lot to discover. “I still have a lot to discover” is one of the best feelings in the world, and Todd instilled it in me almost daily.

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Tarot Will Teach You

I have not touched a tarot deck since high school. My relationship with such things has always been casual. But as the human race continues to reel about in its own filth, I’ve begun to rethink my association with certain interests.

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Sci-Fi, Shochiku Style

On the Cultural Gutter, I’m writing about apocalyptic scifi and horror from the normally well-behaved Japanese film studio Shochiku. Shochiku was most closely identified with shomin-geki, dramas about the lives of everyday people, and the undisputed master of such films was Shochiku director Yasujiro Ozu. But a studio can only exist for so long on movies in which a middle-aged

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Condorman Flies Again

By adulthood, I couldn’t even remember why I hated Condorman. I could only remember that I did. That was just too much like those stories where two sides have been killing each other for so long that they can no longer even remember why they are fighting.

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