Six Degrees Of Frank Olson

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You’re all a bunch of thespians!
–Frank Olson

I had no idea what the Netflix miniseries Wormwood was about before I watched the trailer…but as I watched the protagonist talk nervously about LSD and then dive out a window, it all suddenly became very clear. This was about Frank Olson, a bioweapons expert who in 1953 allegedly threw himself out the window of the Statler hotel in New York City.

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It Is Happening Again: The New Twin Peaks As Ritual

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Should Twin Peaks, the cult TV show that ran in the early 1990s, really have been brought back 25 years later? And if the answer is yes, was the reason to finally solve some sort of mystery or crime, to come to some sort of Ultimate Answer…or was it simply the ritual of doing it all again, of evoking all these icons and symbols, the callbacks, the “stunt casting” chock full of meta-textual meaning.

And by calling it a “ritual,” I mean no sort of negative commentary in regards to the quality of this new Showtime version (continuation) of the series. But as our pop-culture becomes more and more about such “callbacks”—sequels, reboots, revivals, even CGI-generated avatars of deceased actors—it has to be noted that these “re-enactments” have a sort of magickal (and yes I’m going to use the version with the “k” at the end of it, fuck it) power to it.

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The New Fatalism

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Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain

The controversial TV show 13 Reasons Why has been accused of possibly “encouraging” young people to commit suicide; that taking one’s life is somehow made “glamorous” on the program. And to be quite honest, I’m starting to pick up a weird energy in the air.

It’s not just 13 Reasons Why. It’s the bizarre new details about the Aaron Hernandez suicide, the recent suicide of Miracle star Michael Mantenuto, and even this new Father John Misty music video featuring a crucified Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain. And so I feel I need to briefly speak to this.

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Are We Headed For A Star Trek Or Star Wars Future?

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Entertainment has a funny way of presaging future events, even future worlds. Perhaps it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy sort of thing; I mean, you are raised with a lot of these movies & TV shows and whatnot, and it can’t help but shape your views in some way. Then you grow up to build a rocket or lead a country, and are now in a position to place those sci-fi fever dreams of your youth into practice.

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