sitcom where people gradually get killed off and their spot in the opening title theme is replaced with dead silence
❝ Thinking is my fighting. ❞
—— Virginia Woolf, in her essay Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid, dated 15 May 1940.
I'm rewatching hannibal season one for the first time, and I didn't remember that freddie lounds is naked the first time we see her. Do you think there's any deeper reason for that?
so my post on hannibal & freddie speaks a little to that curious introduction, and the possible character-rooted purpose of it.
to that i’d add—
almost all of the bodies shown naked in season one are female. all of those bodies are dead, often mutilated and humiliated and brazenly displayed. their nakedness is another sort of violation, a forced exposure, an unwilling vulnerability. [to hannibal’s credit, the victims aren’t sexualised.] they’re made into mortified flesh; they’re made into beautiful & appalling art; they’re made into passive & defeated victims. they have no self-determination. their agency—their humanity—has been ripped from them.
but not freddie. freddie is naked, but she’s vividly alive. she’s naked by her own choosing. and she’s in her element: building sticky salacious stories about murder and madness from scraps of rumour and gossip and illicit information.
freddie’s nakedness isn’t about a sexual display or a seduction. it isn’t for your eyes; hell, she doesn’t give a fuck what you think. it’s for her own comfort or pleasure or whim. freddie has spent years writing about sadistic men murdering women and displaying their corpses. those female victims are completely objectified, deconstructed into body parts and organs and skin which are then processed and assembled into another form. it’s an act of resistance or refusal. freddie is an indivisible, inviolable whole; she defies gendered fetishisation. regardless of her ultimate fate, in this moment it’s a display of complete and uncompromised self-ownership, self-possession. she’s powerful and well pleased with herself.
I can’t believe drawing a black line across my eyelids makes me feel 10x prettier.
❝ Monsters rebel not because they are infected by the evils of the godless radical philosophy, but because they have been oppressed and misused by the regnant order. ❞
—— Slavoj Žižek, In Defense Of Lost Causes
❝ What is magic?
Then there is the witches’ explanation, which comes in two forms, depending on the age of the witch. Older witches hardly put words to it at all, but may suspect in their hearts that the universe really doesn’t know what the hell is going on and consists of a zillion trillion billion possibilities, and could become any one of them if a trained mind rigid with quantum certainty was inserted in the crack and twisted; that, if you really had to make someone’s hat explode, all you needed to do was twist into that universe where a large number of hat molecules all decide at the same time to bounce off in different directions.
Younger witches, on the other hand, talk about it all the time and believe it involved crystals, mystic forces, and dancing about without yer drawers on.
Everyone may be right, all at the same time. That’s the thing about quantum. ❞
—— Lords and Ladies, Terry Pratchett
❝ Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of the angels. ❞
William Carlos Williams
Introduction to Howl
Reasons your fave is problematic
- Descended from Adam and thus bears the mark of Original Sin