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Ryan Lambie Apr 12, 2017
“When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed.”
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So goes the first line in Franz Kafka’s classic short story, Metamorphosis - a tiny, existential drama subject to all kinds of interpretations since its publication in 1915. Even that famous opening line is open to interpretation, as this Guardian piece points out: did Kafka really mean that poor, unfortunate Gregor woke up as a cockroach, another kind of insect, or something else entirely? The German phrase he uses, “Ungeheuren Ungeziefer” loosely translates to “enormous vermin.”
Whatever Gregor becomes, it’s something pitiful and helpless; he can no longer work, and gradually, he’s shunned by his own family. »
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
Emma Watson loves to read.
The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist »
- Madeline Raynor
Of all the side-eye being thrown in the direction of Donald Trump’s inauguration this afternoon, one of the most elegant and subtle digs has come to us from Turner Classic Movies, of all places. The Turner-owned cable network is “celebrating” today’s “festivities” by airing The Fountainhead, King Vidor’s 1949 film about an architect obsessed with big buildings and personal advancement by any means necessary. It’s based on the book by Ayn Rand, patron saint of fucking over the less fortunate, and, as Patton Oswalt put it on Twitter:
Oooh! “The Fountainhead” starting on @tcm. Entertaining, gonzo movie based on a shitty, gonzo novel! You all should tune in!
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 20, 2017
Or, as Leonard Maltin puts it in his review of the film on TCM’s website, “cast does what it can with the script.” The movie started about an hour ago, so ...
- Katie Rife
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