On Parricide

The customary repertoire of motherese among the semi-nomadic Penan Geng of Borneo includes what is, to our Western ears, a rather grotesque element. Penan Geng mothers regularly coo to their babies and small children such epithets as “no-mother,” “mother-dead,” and “decomposing mother.” In the unfortunate event that the mothers should actually die, these macabre names [...]

Rosemary’s Baby and Generational Conflict

Just finished listening to the latest podcast by Black Mass Appeal all about the 1968 movie Rosemary’s Baby and the eponymous 1967 novel by Ira Levin on which it was based. I was surprised to hear no one during the discussion really treat what I’ve always regarded as the single most likely and most readily [...]