Tag: mortality

Something reminded me of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology this morning. It was probably my ever-present and rather burdensome obsession with death (which might be funny if it weren’t so true). Anyhow, if you’ve never read the book, it’s a fascinating collection of short poems that narrate the epitaphs of the residents of a fictional small town called Spoon…

Elderly businessman Kiichi Nakajima, played by Toshiro Mifune, obsesses over nuclear annihilation in the film I Live in Fear (1955). “With this mournful film, [Akira Kurosawa] depicts a society emerging from the shadows but still terrorized by memories of the past and anxieties for the future.” (via Criterion Collection)