Beyond the Bubble: G-g-generations
By The Dartmouth Arts Staff
Published on Monday, September 24, 2012
The saying “out with the old, in with the new” does not translate well into the arts — recently, we’ve instead been seeing a preference for balance between both the new and the old.
Generations will come face to face in the film “Looper” (2012), starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, which follows a futuristic dual between one’s younger and older self when an assassin’s future self is transported back in time.
Generations will also come together in the upcoming awards ceremony season. Yoko Ono and Amnesty International presented an award to the husband of a jailed member of Pussy Riot, the Russion feminist music group. Accepted by the member’s four-year-old daughter, the award conveyed Ono’s appreciation to a new generation whom she sees exercising their freedom of expression.
Last night at the Emmy’s, we also saw the arts span numerous decades with the British historical drama “Downton Abbey” again proving its popularity, alongside other period-based television shows like “Boardwalk Empire.”
The week ahead also marks the premieres of this season’s new television shows, many of which join a line-up of similar returning series. “Ben & Kate” is advertised to resemble “The New Girl,” and with the last season of “30 Rock” beginning this year, Mindy Kaling ’01 looks like the new Tina Fey in “The Mindy Project.”
The person, however, who seems to be keeping up with our own generation the best — in reference to those of us who read Harry Potter and aged with the young wizard — is J.K. Rowling, whose first adult book “The Casual Vacancy” comes out this Thursday.