Saturday, December 26, 2020
Tired of Waiting for Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race? Well Grab some #BrownTV!!!
Cultural Studies mavens are talking about #BrownTV! Add some mexy televisual analysis to your Spring 2021 syllabi!— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) December 26, 2020
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Saturday, December 19, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Nostalgia Laced Ruminations with Dinosaurs, Sleestak's, and More: Hilobrow Re-Posting on Land of the Lost, the Original Series
Land of the Lost: Nostalgia-Laced Ruminations with Dinosaurs, Sleestak's, and More:
Hilobrow Re-Posting on Land of the Lost, the Original Series
William "Memo" Nericcio
Original posting on Josh Glenn's Hilobrow.com: https://www.hilobrow.com/2016/08/03/grok-my-enthusiasm-30/ | Grok My Enthusiasm (30) By: William Nericcio August 3, 2016.
Or am I, like Will, Holly, and Rick (Alice? Gilligan? Neo?) trapped in a world beyond time, space, and knowledge?
I am, of course, sitting in front of a TV set, at the fine age of 13, and I am watching mesmerized — really, I can’t move — watching Sid and Marty Krofft’s epic Land of the Lost.
The Krofft brothers are responsible for H.R. Pufnstuf (fame), Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (ignominy), and The Bugaloos (infamy). But it is Land of the Lost that paralyzes me and my sister Josie, out in the borderlands of Laredo, Texas.
Cute as a button (but grrl-feisty) Holly, young stud Will, and their strapping dad Rick Marshall (who will be unceremoniously dropped from the show Season 3 for asking for too much residual filthy lucre), are trapped in a bizarre world with three moons, populated with dinosaurs, furry pre-humans, sentient lizard spacemen and mucho más. Who needed marijuana or peyote in South Texas, when Krofft-fare filled the airwaves (this one ghost-penned by David “Trouble with Tribbles” Gerrold, Ben Bova, Theodore Sturgeon, Larry Niven, and Norman Spinrad)?
The premise of the show was genius. Trapped in another world, the Marshall family must learn the secrets of this bizarre space; think Stranger in a Strange Land, but with YA-savvy. Time and again the bizarre family unit, sans Mom (who would ruin all the fun?), would be thrust into impossible situations: flying pylons in the sky spouting semaphores, hairy man boys aping Caliban (Cha-Ka with Holly) with Rick left to play a tepid Prospero.
No doubt my urgent hetero pinings fueled the uncanny draw the show had for me, but I think many in my generation were equally touched by this ambitious show that somehow (especially the first season) found a way to transcend all the Saturday morning rancid schlock it was up against.
No, this was not Ibsen for minors, but like Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, it found a way to convey notions of the cosmic to kids who had no idea they were waiting for Godot, with groovy stop-action dinosaurs and sets that look like castoffs from Star Trek. Ah, to be 13 again. But in a way, I never left. Unlike lucky Rick, kicked off the show and replaced by his brother, I am somehow still there.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Such an awful word: "homework" ... it makes the hair stand up on the back of your head, makes the toes cringe, ... and worse!
Here's the Oxford English Dictionary's take on the term:
(By the way you get the OED for free as part of your SDSU registration--that's a $90-$100 savings off of the regular cost of the best dictionary on the planet--kicks Webster's ass and makes Dictionary.com look like a playground for nincompoops!
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In any event, you have homework for next Tuesday's class--and the book we are doing after that is Richard Appignanesi & Oscar Zarate's FREUD FOR BEGINNERS. Your homework for a given class will always appear here first on the Daily Lineup Virus Eye page.
But in addition to that, I want you to be familiar with all the main pages associated with this class:
Just a gateway page, not that important
The main webpage for the class that has all the information you would usually find on your syllabus--in particular, there are a couple of Nerdwriter videos on this page that I want you to screen, from beginning to end, before we meet up on Tuesday morning!
Maybe the page to visit the most this term as it has your daily assignments that are updated on the fly--you will have already noticed that this page, which should be filled with day to day details, is sadly unpopulated with information. That's for a reason--I need to meet and hang out with you in class on Tuesday (sadly via Zoom and not in person) to for the kind of class we're going to have this term. Once I get that In the short term, if you want to know which books to pick up, I would say the Crumb/Mairowitz KAFKA and Berger et al's WAYS OF SEEING, in addition to the aforementioned FREUD FOR BEGINNERS, should soon be in your possession.
Social media channels for #viruseye2020 are alive and ticking--I very much look forward to scrolling to your contributions to this growing web of semiotic amazingness.
Worried that you missed an important email about the class--always go here to our online archive; all official communiques/telegrams/messages/ridiculous cartoons are archived here in reverse chronological order from newest to oldest. Great to check this regularly as tinyletter.com messages sometimes end up in gmail's spam folder.
That's it--tell your friends and accomplices about this class! It's the first time it has ever been offered at SDSU and we want it to be one for the ages!
See you Tuesday at 11am SHARP!
Dr. William A. Nericcio
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
The Next Evolutionary Step of #eyegiene #eyegasm? The Virus Eye/I -- A Comics and History Class at SDSU
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Madmen and Madwomen at the Wheel / Prescient Moviemakers Behind the Camera: An Eyegasm/Eyegiene Chapter Focused on Paul Bartel's and Roger Corman's DEATH RACE 2000 (1975)
William "Memo" Nericcio
“It’s Kung Fu,” we say, with excitement, yearning, and glee. We don’t understand synecdoche, or cultural studies, or any of that crap yet—grad school looms on the horizon like Covid-19 did a year ago for us.
That is, not at all.
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Thursday, June 11, 2020
David Carradine's DEATH RACE 2000 Revisited | Bill Nericcio on Hilobrow.com #eyegiene #eyegasm #schlockcinema
My latest piece for HiLobrow just launched on the 70s film "classic" DEATH RACE 2000! ONLY IN LAREDO readers might enjoy--especially gente that grew up there in the 60s, 70s, and 80s! https://t.co/rMMJPYGzFa@HILOBROW pic.twitter.com/gjXpw4xeSu— William Nericcio (@eyegiene) June 11, 2020