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Freud and Kanye West haunt the Sunday Review

An article in the New York Times Sunday Review hails an enlightening discovery about why we are so attached to our phones, or more broadly why we try to keep ourselves busy. It’s because we don’t like to be alone with our own … Continue reading

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The Savagery of Jerry Cruncher

In Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, a working-class fellow by the name of Jerry Cruncher is able to save the day through the knowledge he gains during his seedy side job as a “resurrection man.” Robbing graves is … Continue reading

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Adventure Is In Here: Hostility and Wish-fulfillment in Pixar’s “Up” – Part II

Does the film really suggest that Ellie has always imposed on Carl’s true wishes? Does the house really just symbolize Ellie herself, as the filmmakers suggest?  If so, we could certainly appeal to Freudian psychoanalysis for an explanation. Freud tells … Continue reading

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Adventure is in Here: Hostility and Wish-Fulfillment in Pixar’s “Up” – Part I

All good adventure stories are alike. They awaken us to a new world where our best qualities are allowed to thrive, a world in which our latent courage, loyalty, and derring-do are given free reign. Where we can be the … Continue reading

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Freudian Political Agency in “Brave”

For anyone who doesn’t think that Freud is alive and well in children’s movies, direct your attention to the scene in Brave where one of the young triplet boys, metamorphosed into a bear, dives straight into the cleavage of the … Continue reading

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The header image to this blog is from a mural on 2nd St. in Albuquerque painted by Thomas Christopher Haag, a local ABQ artist.  His mytho-irreverence kind of reminds me of Freud’s Totem and Taboo, which I’ll get to later.

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