An essay disguised as a novel, full of heavy-handed exposition about the author’s concrete spirituality: hypnotism, psychedelics, Eastern religion, sex, death, eugenics. The way the protagonist often lingered over the breasts of pubescent girls made me squirm. Yet at its heart, brilliance and wisdom. ★★★★☆
This footage of from the last years of the 1890 is startlingly crisp and smooth. Gone are the fuzzy, jittery films that I’m used to. As the curator says, this could have been filmed yesterday.