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On the Last Day of Christmas

Maclin Horton

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"Topples" refers to attendance figures, of course. Could there be a better symbol for the divisions in our culture than the above headline? If you’re not aware of Hostel, it’s a horror movie that, according to a review I read somewhere (you couldn’t pay me to see it)  takes the perverted combination of sexuality and violence yet further.

It always has to be further, doesn’t it? There’s always some new depth to plumb. But if you look at a movie (or book) like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you don’t see any dimension that brings to mind the word "further." "Better," "more," and an infinite possibility for "different" may present themselves, but where exactly would you go from here that you would call "further"? That’s the language of sensationalism, which by definition always has to go further.

Maclin Horton

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