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Operative Words

Behind the campaign curtain

Snuffed Torch

Can the Olympic myth survive?

Lax Americana

What happens if Donald Trump returns to the White House?

Brian Jacobson

Brian Jacobson is an assistant professor of cinema studies and history at the University of Toronto. His writing about media, energy, and the environment has appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of BooksFilm Quarterly, and other places.

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Brian Jacobson

The oil stays in the picture

The tar sands, and a war of images June 2018
Seen from above, in photographs and films by Edward Burtynsky or Peter Mettler, the Alberta tar sands appear as Earth-scale inkblots, their forests cut clear and soil scraped clean, their ink spilled into smooth tailing ponds carved out in straight lines and graceful curves. They are at once beautiful and terrifying, geometric and enigmatic, lyrical and…