Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Historian Elaine Tyler May has argued that preoccupation with the family--political cries for family values and the like--is usually a response to political changes, rather than demographic ones. Panic about the family is often a conservative response to perceived threats to the American nation. In the U.S., you see focus on the family particularly in the 1950s … Continue reading Divorce: The 1980 Oscars

Strong Male Friendship and Violence: Some Thoughts on “The Deer Hunter” (1978)

This weekend, I watched The Deer Hunter for the first time (I know, I had to watch 5 hours of Gilmore Girls afterwards just to recover my weekend). It's one of those movies that I felt like I just needed to see, and Saturday night seemed like a good time. I'm not going to spend time reviewing the plot … Continue reading Strong Male Friendship and Violence: Some Thoughts on “The Deer Hunter” (1978)