The Fall is upon us. Centered around the story of an alcoholic paralytic’s friendship with a 5-year-old Romanian immigrant, The Fall (2006) is a visual tour-de-force, a stunning film whose scenes seem like filmic adaptations of surrealist painting. While the Reed life may not have the grandeur of a multi-continental adventure-fantasy, is certainly has its fair share of colors and drama. At Reed, autumn brings about intense euphoria, with simultaneous melancholy. Grace Fetterman understands this all too well. From making new friends to sad Commons meals, read about one woman’s journey through the fall (5). Looking for some more upbeat news? Look no further than what The New Yorker calls “of the most remarkable acts bubbling up from the extreme-metal underground.” The Body, Beast, and Hail come rock PDX (4). Enjoy sipping hot beverages and discussing Philosophy? The Grial’s interview with Reed’s Philosophical Society might just be your cup of tea (1).
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It’s a Wednesday night and 20 students gather in Vollum not for a movie, or to discuss finances, but as the email sent out to all of them announced: “to situate the role of virtues in Epicurean hedonism once and for all.” Sent by the organization’s founder and the speaker for the night, Elise Woodard ’15, the phrase, following a description of what hedonism and virtue mean in the context of Epicureanism, and followed by a note stating “Epicurean delicacies will be served” relates the two main objectives of the club: providing a space for presentations of philosophically relevant arguments and creating an inclusive atmosphere for students of all disciplines who are interested in philosophical topics to evaluate and discuss the argument as presented. Woodard notes that “I don’t know of any other group [on campus] like us; we’re not doing political organizing, we’re not deciding on things to do outside of campus. I think the Philosophical Society is unique in being an academic club where you evaluate and discuss arguments. I think philosophy lends itself pretty well to this, it does things piecemeal, and each presentation is of stand-alone arguments that don’t require a lot of background knowledge.” Still, a lot of thought has gone into how the meetings should be structured.
NPR recently published a small piece that asked the question, “Where’s All the Good Halloween Music?” In it, someone sent in an email to the All Songs Considered offices and pondered why Christmas has so many (by which I mean far, far too many) songs associated whereas Halloween has, well, “Monster Mash.” The writer, Stephen Thompson, responded by listing a couple of “spooky” bands, like Timber Timbre and Dead Man’s Bones (yes, that Ryan Gosling band).
Regardless of how good these bands are, they are Halloween-scary in the same way that my mother’s choice in October lawn decorations are Halloween-scary. As I have been writing about this, NPR (god bless ’em) have posted another Halloween-centric music piece, this time a “Question of the Week” asking “What Are The Most Terrifying Songs Of All Time?” And the top result? Sufjan Stevens, with “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” Okay, well there are a couple ways to define ‘terrifying,’ I suppose.
“If you keep an open mind, your brain will fall out. Open your heart, and risk coronary thrombosis and disillusionment.”
That’s a bit from my new book, The Power of Negative Thinking. I’m going on tour next week, and will be giving a little talk about it at UCLA. Here’s what I’m opening with: “Los Angeles is like an expensive proctologist’s office; there are so many bleached assholes here.”
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