Guest Contributor Stephen Lamb: A Short Defense of Melancholia and “Images from a Closed Ward”

[This post comes to us from guest writer Stephen Lamb.] At the premier last Friday of Michael Hersch’s “Images from a Closed Ward,” performed by Nashville’s Blair String Quartet, the program notes included some thoughts from Michael Mazur, the artist whose etchings bearing the same name had inspired the new work. “These compositions are filled sometimes with frightening sounds,” Mazur wrote for the liner notes of the first recordings of Hersch’s work, words... Read More

Guest contributor Stephen Lamb on Poetry

This week, we welcome a guest contributor to Filmwell, Stephen Lamb. Today, he takes a look at the new film by Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong. • Poetry is a summons to pay attention, an invitation to look closer at the world around us. In her wonderful little book Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, professor of English at Westmont College, exhorting her readers to “practice poetry,” offers us this thought for consideration: The sustained... Read More