This issue consists of a two part article that tries to take the measure of movies as an artistic form. It ties the movies to a broader range of references than are allowed by the other more traditional aesthetic forms, such as opera and the novel. The most significant of the broader range of references is to nostalgia, which is defined as the simultaneous experience of an art work as depicting events or an era and the memories of those events or that era that one has lived through. This creates a consciousness that is the best way to define what it means to be Post-Modern.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.