Al Pacino and the Many Faces of the Wiseguy: Some Thoughts on Scarface, Carlito’s Way, The Godfather and Donnie Brasco

By Adam J. Pearson Carlito’s Way and Scarface are two of the undisputed greatest mafia films of all time. Both films excel in their rich, gritty, realism approach to the mafia genre, their high-quality acting, their skillful cultivation of atmosphere, their iconic cinematography, and excellent script-writing. The two films also invite comparisons with one another…

Memory, Money, Persistence, and Propaganda: Four Fragments of Conversation

By Adam J. Pearson Memory and the Fleetingness of the Present Windy Kian:¬†Everything a person experiences vanishes instantly;There is no trace left of yesterday’s experience. Adam Pearson:¬†Right, there is no trace except for a very limited, diluted, convoluted form inscribed in the neuro synaptic patterns of the brain as memory. The trace is limited, because…

On Nonsense Poetry

By Adam J. Pearson One of my favourite poetry exercises is writing nonsense poetry. Essentially, you simply set a piece of paper or blank Word document in front of you and begin writing. You write whatever nonsense comes to mind without censoring a word. It is essentially automatic writing in poetic form. It is pure…

A Few Thoughts on Pope Francis I

By Adam J. Pearson Even though I do not consider myself a Christian in any formal sense, I have thus far had great cause to support the new pope, Pope Francis. As a child, Francis suffered from life-threatening pneumonia, which gave him a deep, personal understanding of the suffering that accompanies illness. As a result…