Author Archives: Nicholas

About Nicholas

Writer. Professor.

10/40/70

What happens at 10? At 40? What doesn’t happen? What secret memories lurk in the flash of a film frame? If you misremember a film, it’s still remembering, isn’t it? Soon . . .

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Misremembering Only God Forgives

Here, at Filmmaker Magazine.

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A Very Dark Bargain

“Anne Sexton and the Problem of Bald James,” at Berfrois. A story based on fact.

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Hangsaman

Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman, at The Rumpus.

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Ramones Redux

Nice to see a copy of my 33 1/3 volume on Ramones and lots of other 33 1/3’s at the great, new(ish), independent Ann Arbor bookstore Literati. (Thanks, Maddy, for the pic.) I amassed a pretty big archive of documents as … Continue reading

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Updates

A few updates: An essay on Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color appears at the Los Angeles Review of Books I’ve also got a piece on camera narration in the horror anthology V/H/S/2 at Filmmaker Magazine And in keeping with the deep, … Continue reading

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Nightmare Trails at Knifepoint: The Twenty-Year Novel

Here it is, at Prezi.

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Notes on the trailer for Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Hollywood has always been meta. The interior narrative world of the Andy Hardy movies exists in tension with the exterior narrative world of other Hollywood movies, as the gallery of famous love scenes in the trailer for Love Finds Andy … Continue reading

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The Amateur Cinema League Movie Book, 1940

From The ACL Movie Book: A Guide to Making Better Movies, published by The Amateur Cinema League, 1940. The wipeoff / wipe described above has many of variations in 1930s and 40s cinema. One interesting example: the trailer for Andy … Continue reading

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Blank Generation

From Herman Melville’s “The Tartarus of Maids” (1855): From Karl Marx’s “Estranged Labour” (1844): Let us now look more closely at the objectification, at the production of the worker; and in it at the estrangement, the loss of the object, of his product. … Continue reading

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