Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson, Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, is author of two nonfiction books Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (Faber & Faber) and The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (HarperCollins). He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Salon, The Paris Review, Tin House, The American Scholar, The Gettysburg Review, The New York Observer, I.D., Esopus, Epoch, and Talk, among others.

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Actions Louder Than Words

Today’s films revel in saturated noise. The silent films of Buster Keaton, by contrast, bring us back to a time when film narrative worked its silent magic in ways that also asked us to impose our imaginations upon what we could only see.