The Sound of Psychos

The Sound of Psychos Clowns and Chaos in American Horror Story Andrea Zanin   “The clown is a creature of chaos. His appearance is an affront to our sense of dignity, his actions a mockery of our sense of order.” – Tom Robbins In American Horror Story: Hotel, John Wayne Gacy shows his face in…

Fullmetal Alchemist and Personal Identity

Fullmetal Alchemist and Personal Identity By Darian Shump   “I kill, therefore I am.” – Barry the Chopper (FMA: Brotherhood, Episode 8: The Fifth Laboratory)   In Episode 7 (“Hidden Truths”) of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the Elric brothers infiltrate an abandoned government complex they suspect was used to conduct experiments on condemned prisoners in an…

Sophie’s Other Choices

Sophie’s Other Choices Edwardo Pérez NPR’s “Think” podcast recently featured Binghamton University philosophy professor Lisa Tessman discussing “Impossible Moral Dilemmas” and I just happened to tune in as a caller to the program asked about the film Sophie’s Choice. Full disclosure: I’ve always avoided seeing that movie because its premise was so horrifying to me,…