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  • Allegory of the Cave: '20,000 Days on Earth' Spends 24 hours with Nick Cave

    Allegory of the Cave: '20,000 Days on Earth' Spends 24 hours with Nick Cave
    Nick Cave, like Narcissus or Miley Cyrus, is a myth. But he’s a myth who thinks about myths, writes about them, knows how they work, and builds this knowledge into each new layer of the myth he’s becoming. In this he’s like a number of poet-musicians of a waning era: Bob Dylan and Neil Young, yeah, but also the beat poets, the blues singers, all the prophet-emulators, the storytellers who slide themselves into their tales. Many consider him gothic and gloomy. It would be more precise to say that he makes somberness comfortable and seductive because he licenses his listeners to affirm the widely unsayable—that depression is a mode of seeing the world for the boring and empty grind that it often really is. The self-aware myth knows that desire and disappointment are dialectically linked, that catharsis is the rare and gorgeous field of light between them. Knowing these rules lets him seduce this light into common being.
  • Film Calendar

    Film Calendar
    OCTOBER “The Central Park Five”†(Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon), Oct. 20,†Towson University(Van Bokkelen Auditorium), 8000 York Rd., (410) 704-2000,†events.towson.edu “The Godfather†Part II”†(Francis Ford Coppola),...

    "Diner" and "Cry-Baby"

    "Diner" and "Cry-Baby"
    We interviewed Mark Johnson, the executive producer of “Diner,” for Baltimore magazine once, and he talked about introducing Barry Levinson to John Waters for the first time. “They both started talking about their Baltimore and I...

    Free Range

    Free Range
    “I don’t like sweet popcorn,” said a friend who was dining with me.† Neither do I, to be honest, but I got caught up in the warm buzz at Pen & Quill (1701 N. Charles St., (410) 601-3588, penandquill.net) and ordered the candied pop...

    "Paris, Texas," Directed by Wim Wenders

    "Paris, Texas," Directed by Wim Wenders
    Playing at the Charles Theater Oct. 11, 13, and 16 Often when Continental artists come to America, they aren’t taken with New York or Los Angeles or others of our great metropolises, instead they are drawn to the vast, alien nothingness: Think...