In the fifth century AD, as the Roman Empire was disintegrating from within and without, an exodus was taking place. Following the example of those like Saint Benedict, Christians across Europe turned inward, devoting themselves to ascetic lives of labor and prayer, isolated from the chaos of a tumultuous world. Over time, their monasteries became centers of literacy and repositories of knowledge. Books and manuscripts were revered, copied, preserved, and beautified with lavish devotion, so that their knowledge could be preserved. These institutions became a fleet of cultural arks.

In the 1992 of LOST’s timeline, another empire was coming to…


Hidden cellars and buried passions; monstrous desires and family shames; haunted places and haunted people- Gothic works thrive on the secret and unseen. 2015’s Ex Machina is not just a meditation on the hopes and fears surrounding the emergence of artificial intelligence, but a macabre tale of imprisonment and survival that not only makes it an exemplar of the Gothic tradition, but marries it to what might first seem to be an incongruous modernist aesthetic: bright and smooth and flawless, yet no less haunted or horror-laden than its predecessors.

Despite the sheen of futurism, the Gothic tropes of Ex Machina’s…


I was thinking about Furiosa’s last (and only) words to Immortan Joe: “Remember me.”

That line’s always kind of puzzled me. Is it a challenge? A rhetorical? A “fuck you”? A reckoning? All of the above? I mean, it’s no doubt a pretty badass thing to growl at the tyrant who abducted and enslaved you right before you tear his face off, but I started thinking about its similarities to another of Fury Road’s Arc Words: “Witness me.”

Andrew Piechota

Chicago-based theater-type.

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