Tag Archives: entertainment

Supercontext: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace


This 1996 novel is infamous for its length and complex narrative structure, while being critically lauded for its themes and style. We discuss how Wallace approached the project, while grappling with revelations about how he treated women both on-and-off the page.

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Supercontext: The Neon Demon


Thank you to our Co-Producer patron Miriam Meaney for selecting this week’s topic!

This 2016 film by Nicolas Winding Refn is about beauty, jealousy and the entertainment industry. We look at Refn’s thematic intentions and the myriad of arguments about his “misogyny” or “feminism,” to try to understand how the glamour industry portrays women.

 

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Supercontext: Gang of Four, Entertainment!


This influential 1979 album combined art education with working class political activism to play with the meaning of pop music. We discuss the production of the record and the band’s conflicts (or lack thereof) with their record label and the BBC.

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Supercontext: Nightcrawler


This psychological thriller about an unethical photojournalist has us asking all kinds of questions. Are we complicit in the horrible narratives of the news? Do supportive families enable creative storytelling? And if the qualities of a villain are synonymous with “success” now, how do we tell the difference between a good guy and a bad guy?
 

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