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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Things Fall Apart, The Emperor Melts

What is it about Milo Ventimiglia, and poetry? Recently, the first episode of Heroes, season 3, ended with a rather forced sequence that included a portentous voice-over of Yeats' "The Second Coming". Meanwhile, his DVD-prone ultra-nihilistic surgeon-slasher minor motion picture vehicle, Pathology, was filled with beam-affixing allusions to Wallace Stevens' Ice-cream emperor. Industry coincidence, or attempt to infiltrate mass culture with modernist poetry? Are they paying royalties for these poems? Patients etherised upon a table indeed.
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