Tor.com: The Philosophy of Self-Destruction in Alex Garland’s Annihilation

So far, Annihilation is my second favorite movie of the year (right behind You Were Never Really Here, which you can read about here). And while I’ve read plenty of excellent articles about how the movie thinks about self-destruction (particularly this piece for Vulture), I haven’t read too much about the film’s beauty, outside of…

Interior Space Invaders: Disruptive Neighbors and the Relational Self in Updike’s Rabbit Redux

Contrary to the solipsism emphasized in most discussions of John Updike’s Rabbit tetralogy, this article examines the tenuous and improper community Harry Angstrom forms when he invites two members of enemy groups to stay in his house. Drawing from Kierkegaard’s “neighbor-love” and Levinas’s phenomenological ethics, I argue that the presence of others shatters Harry’s selfhood,…