Tag Archives: Simon Frith

Outro #4: On Paying Tribute

What good does it do to pay tribute? What does it accomplish to declare to the world that you see the worth of something, that you thrill to it? The question seems pressing to me after my last post, which … Continue reading

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Outro #3: Good and Evil in the Garden of Hooks

What does it all mean? I don’t believe in metaphysics as a way of defining good and evil, but I do think we have a stubborn tendency to make a distinction like this: Good = strong, shining, connecting Evil = … Continue reading

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The Who-It-Is Hook: James Taylor as God in Randy Newman’s Faust (1995)

In movies, you bring in Jack Nicholson or Angelina Jolie and you have a substantial persona in your mix, someone with baggage you can play with.  (Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s mother—let Beowulf deal with that!)  It’s a star factor.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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