Against my better judgement, the lights in my apartment are connected to a wireless network controlled via an app. There are physical buttons, but they are located near the plugs, at ground level and often behind obstructions. When I leave, turning off the light requires digging my phone out of my pocket, typing in the unlock code, opening the app, waiting for it to detect the network, then tapping a button to turn off the light. I do all of this while standing an inch or so away from the old wall switch, the use of which would achieve the same result in a fraction of the time. As a result of this modernity, every time I leave the apartment, I feel the uncontrollable urge to make sure I’m listening to the title theme from French director Jacques Tati’s 1958 masterpiece Mon Oncle. I am, at that moment, Monsieur Hulot. Continue reading…
Posted October 30, 2013
At A Knife And A Quill, Kate Laity shares her thoughts on American Horror Story: Coven: “I don’t turn to drama series for insightful commentary on witchcraft. I do expect fun and I do expect a little pulse-taking on the state of the nation. Because witchcraft narratives are almost always about notions of female and other subterranean (AKA non-approved) power.” Meanwhile at Voodoo Universe, Lilith Dorsey discusses the commodification of Voodoo and Santeria (and offers a resource list to learn more about Voodoo Queen Marie Leveau and the New Orleans Voodoo tradition). And at The Witching Hour, Peg Aloi examines American Horror Story‘s reinvention of the witch archetype. Patheos has more on AHS:C, including livechats. Find them here.