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What The Bachelor Says About Hysteria and Feminine Subjectivity

Over the last few weeks, Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum has held a series of lectures on the historical context of hysteria and the often bizarre treatment of hysterical patients. In her first talk, Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris, described in fascinating detail the transformation that hysteria underwent as a result […]

God is In the TV: Achieving Social Reality in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler

At its surface, Dan Gilroy’s debut feature Nightcrawler provides terribly pedestrian commentary on the moral vicissitudes of so-called modern media sensationalism. When freelance video-journalist Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) first meets jaded TV executrix Nina Romnia (Rene Russo), the latter describes her professional-aesthetic ideal to be “a screaming woman running down the street with her throat […]