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Hostages and cannibals make me want to buy your snack product. (TV ads as hyperactive literary analysis)

M&Ms commercials have always bothered me a little. There’s a loveability to the anthropomorphized, walking/talking CGI candies to be sure, but there’s no getting around their looming demise. So to say that we identify with the protagonists is immediately to say that we understand just how little their lives are valued by their surrounding society. [...]

Ad review: It’s more complicated than Kayak suggests.

It was bound to happen. That inevitable rupture between Mandy and Dave. And their raging river of problems runs much deeper than simply using different travel sites. Kayak.com might have helped Mandy maintain her sleep schedule, keeping her on time for her flight, but what of her not waking Dave before heading to the airport? [...]

Brecht on Brueghel

While putting together some essays by Bertolt Brecht for Erica, I came across one of my favorites (more a series of notes than a fully-formed essay) by the great German playwright. It’s called “Alienation Effects in the Narrative Pictures of the Elder Brueghel.” In this Brecht briefly dissects the 16th-century painting Landscape with the Fall [...]

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