Inspiration – The Phantom Tollbooth and Indulging in Absurdity

I think all writers remember those few books that set them upon the path they currently tread. These are the books we read over and over again, from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood. Most of us probably have our battered, worn copies of these beloved tomes on their bookshelves still, which our loving fingers occasionallyContinue reading “Inspiration – The Phantom Tollbooth and Indulging in Absurdity”

Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 4.3 of 7)

IV. Imperfect Perfection: The Fembot, the Femme Fatale, and the Male Psyche Having established the connection between these two liminal models of femininity, only one question remains unanswered: why create these figures that by their very nature cannot conform to societal established archetypes of womanhood in the first place if they must ultimately be destroyed?Continue reading “Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 4.3 of 7)”

Sudden Death

Lansing slid into the passenger seat of the car, adjusting the gold badge on his belt as he sat. He looked at the dashboard in front of him, identical to all the other unmarked patrol cars in all but one, irritating aspect. Lansing massaged his forehead. He sighed. The pile of plastic Twinkie wrappers completelyContinue reading “Sudden Death”

Inspiration – The Mystery of Laura and Love

My recent posts about the similarity between the figures of the Fembot and the Femme Fatale from classic film noir have put me in a singularly shadowy mood. What better way to indulge this sense of sensual melodrama than viewing of one of my favorite films, Otto Preminger’s Laura. Released in 1944, Laura stars GeneContinue reading “Inspiration – The Mystery of Laura and Love”

Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 4.2 of 7)

IV. Imperfect Perfection: The Fembot, the Femme Fatale, and the Male Psyche In her essay Women in Film Noir, Janey Place explores these and other questions relating to the enigmatic figure of the Femme Fatale in film noir. By picking apart her arguments and claims, one can find ideas and concepts that shed equal illuminationContinue reading “Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 4.2 of 7)”