In this volume, Richard Gilmore explores film as a channel through which to engage in philosophical reflection and analyzes the relationship between philosophy and film. This book argues that philosophy and film can and should be used for the amelioration of life's difficulties and the promotion of life's boons. Gilmore identifies how philosophy and film complement and enrich one another and explores their relationship by connecting classic wisdom texts to significant movies. For example, the volume analyzes the Coen brothers' films The Big Lebowski and A Serious Man in light of The Book of Job. Gilmore considers the ancient idea of philosophy as "spiritual exercise" and a way of life. The volume concludes by examining what the author labels "sublime conversations" as the highest expression of philosophy. The book identifies and dissects these conversations in movies directed by the likes of Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu, Jean-Luc Godard, and Ingmar Bergman, among others.
This month's stories are all about change. For some, it is expected, for others not. Each character deals with it differently, some successfully, some not. But each story touches the heart and, hopefully, will make your next life change a little richer.First up, from Hannah Dela Cruz, an understated literary piece about a snowy day and Robert Redford-"A Box Full of Winter."From FFO Alum, a fantasy offering about the metaphysical manifestations of grief in Kelly Sandoval's "A Menagerie of Grief."Another FFO Alum, Kat Otis, offers us "Hinterlight Abby." A science fiction story, life aboard a generation ship pairs with belief in unexpected and unsettling ways. And, finally, this month's reprint selection, "Molten Heart," by yet another FFO Alum, Alexis A. Hunter. Get out your tissues. This science fiction tale of maternal love found in an unlikely place will touch even the stoniest hearts.Plus a new FXXK WRITING column by Jason S. Ridler. Fiction has always fought back.Just remember, if nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies.