"Ditches here were layered; you got a front-line ditch, reserve line, and then artillery just outside the ditches. Each ditch was only about five feet wide, but they went on for miles to the flanks. This ditch was part of one that went clear across France and Belgium. Some people take comfort in the ditches’ snaked length, in their womb-like innards and phallic shape. At some point in the war every inch of it had been moved."
"In Colombia, there’s a word we use, and none of us know what it means. This is a personal chronology as an attempt at an etymology."
"Dahi puri was my favorite thing, and I wanted to submit to the song of strudels and mittens my own nomination."
"For most people, watching a movie is just a simple hobby, a fun pastime to do occasionally. But for me, it always been and will be more than that. It is what connects me to my dad."
"It would almost be funny, how fragile a man and his ego can be, if it weren’t so very literally deadly. She never used to think of it as anything more than catcalls, mere shouting voices, side-eyed glances, all cast into the darkest pits of her memory."
"Whether Tony Soprano or Don Draper, the mysterious men with a complicated past and an even more complicated present reflected not only changes in viewing patterns but also a deep change in how the nation reflects itself on television. But who are the "Difficult Women" of the television revolution?"
A Brief Review of Néstor Almendros’s A Man with a Camera, but Mostly My Own Thoughts about Film, Art and the Human Condition
"Long before I was old enough to stomach them myself, I could regurgitate comprehensive summaries and character analyses of the originals and the remakes, Hitchcock and James Wan and Wes Craven, enumerate all of Paris Hilton’s fatal snafus, compare and contrast a low-budget slasher with a titanic studio blockbuster. " A story of a family, grief, and horror films.
"It is necessary to reveal the ways that New York City theaters, often touting themselves as cultural forums and hubs for inclusivity, are both succeeding and failing in ways to meet these goals through their most visceral, visual spatial impressions."
"'Let me love you' is no longer enough for the fan. 'Let me love you . . . and you sure as hell better love me back' is the new baseline."