The Modest Proposal

Late Summer 2009

I believe implicitly in the Tower of Babel, and I think all those stories like the one about the Tower of Babel, with which ancient history is dotted, are not meaningless. The stories may be symbolic, things didn't happen just as they've been narrated, but stories like this are really just getting to the same point: the tendency for humanity to come together.  - Jean Renoir, 1962.

In This Issue...

The Alternative Holmes. Or, Retreating Ahead of Guy Richie's Detractors

A look at the odder iterations of Sherlock Holmes on screen.

Zenica, 2003.

Adam Stackhouse's images of Bosnian culture at a crossroads.

Four Poems by Gabriel Ricard

Perceptive regret, with plenty of self-aggrandizing humor!

They Don't Make Meaning Like They Used To: Interpreting Interpretations of I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

A glance at the discourse that forms around one of the recent classics in the annals of "bad" movies.

Review of Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero

The physiological proof behind the Caped Crusader.

Hush, Now.

Close encounters of the parenting kind.

Review of American Culture in the 1980s

An introduction to the serious study of the Generation X nostalgia decade.

The Modest Proposal is an electronic journal specializing in book reviews, emerging thought, and polemical essays of general interest. Direct all inquiries to the editor.