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The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality

One of the things that makes Dante’s Divine Comedy a masterpiece is the constant sense of drive that pushing beneath it. Borrowing from the great poets of the western canon, the Florencia poet crafted one of the greatest stories of pilgrimage ever put to paper. And that story ultimately starts by mulling over the question ofContinue reading “The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality”

Hummel Travel Log – The 2022 West Virginia Mothman Festival

West Virginia is very much the state it’s told to be in the media; a relatively small, poor, and rural state with some of the most sadly crushing poverty in the United States. It’s also quite beautiful! Its people are friendly, social, and kind! Capturing the tale end of the Appalachian Mountains, the geography gives theContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log – The 2022 West Virginia Mothman Festival”

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” Speech Today

By Simon Maass Reading Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “strenuous life” speech nowadays elicits, mainly, two reactions. Firstly, one is struck by the strength of the late statesman’s character – Roosevelt’s biography leaves no doubt as to his sincerity in expounding “the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife.”Continue reading “Theodore Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” Speech Today”

Bolshevism and Anarchy: Is “The Street” H. P. Lovecraft’s Most Relevant Story?

By Simon Maass In 1919, legendary horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft penned “The Street,” a short story perhaps more pertinent to the current political moment – from a conservative perspective, of course – than any of his other writings. Just over a century later, this is also one of his lesser-known creations, and connoisseurs whoContinue reading “Bolshevism and Anarchy: Is “The Street” H. P. Lovecraft’s Most Relevant Story?”

HUMMEL Review: Elvis

Is it redundant to call a Baz Luhrmann film garish and over-the-top? Probably. Few directors have build sound a strong reputation around stylish aesthetics and visual insanity as much as the director of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia. Unlike most directors with a maximalist style, few feel so under-deserved or shallow. He makesContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Elvis”

HUMMEL Review: Lightyear

It’s always curious when a film becomes part of THE CULTURE WAR and to see how it will be affected by that stigma. When a film becomes verboten because of its perceived politics, it’s widely assumed that it will “get woke” and “go broke”, but this theorem is problematic. Captain Marvel and Star Wars haven’tContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Lightyear”

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