Tony McKibbin writes for magazines and journals worldwide.

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Oedipus Rex

An Aesthetic of the Primitive

“It seems to me that the first language of men is their action”, Pier Paolo Pasolini says, before adding “in reality, we make cinema by living, that is, by existing practically, that is, by acting. All of life in the entirety of its actions is a natural, living film; in this sense it is the linguistic equivalent of oral language in its natural and biological aspect.” (Heret…


The Outsider

A Strand of a Woman's Hair

In an essay discussing Che Guevara's death, written shortly after his assassination in 1967, John Berger notes that the present age forces upon us certain questions that were never before pressing. One is that suffering is no longer tolerable: we cannot pretend that there are not terrible sufferings around the world. The second is that we are responsible for this suffering and responsible for …




1 Perhaps a certain type of empathy in friendship can hide blind spots elsewhere. That giving our thoughts over to one person can indicate far more our inconsiderateness towards others, and yet speculation takes many forms without always indicating depth of feeling. I believe I had always given much thought to my closest friend, and at the same time, we would explore these thoughts in numerous con…


A Family Supper

The Necessary Testing of the Hypothesis

In his essay 'Structuralism and Literary Criticism', Gerard Genette interestingly and judiciously discusses Structuralism, acknowledging its importance while indicating its potential limits. “Literature had long enough been regarded as a message without a code for it to become necessary to regard it for a time as a code without a message.” Yet he also says, “the prejudice…

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