Matthew Stahlman

Matthew Stahlman

Matthew Stahlman is a post-baccalaureate student and writer living in Portland, Oregon.

'The Apartment,' Authority, and Consent

'The Apartment,' Authority, and Consent

This essay contains spoilers. What can a film made in 1960 tell us about the sexual mores of the present? I found myself pondering this question as I rewatched Billy Wilder’s award-winning drama The Apartment recently. The year of its release is important: as The Guardian’s Andrew Pulver

Matthew Stahlman
Matthew Stahlman
10 min read
Cinema
Rethinking Romance with Stendhal's 'On Love'

Rethinking Romance with Stendhal's 'On Love'

Stendhal’s De l’Amour, Mongie, Paris, 1822Insomnia has its hazy, surreal benefits. “If you’ve never read Stendhal’s On Love, well, you should,” my professor informed me, in a rapid-fire email exchange that took place, improbably, at 3:31 AM. (Somehow, we were both awake.) At the end

Matthew Stahlman
Matthew Stahlman
15 min read
Art and Culture
Read Houellebecq To Free Your Mind

Read Houellebecq To Free Your Mind

Let’s say that you, like many Quillette readers, are part of the broad coalition that aims to promote greater engagement with dangerous ideas and fight political correctness – call it cultural libertarianism if you wish, but in reality the coalition includes many social conservatives and others who don’t really

Matthew Stahlman
Matthew Stahlman
14 min read
Fiction