Articles tagged essays, travel, memoirs, photography, criticism

20 Jul 2015 // 2:02 AM

From Vienna to Schoeller: The Revivals of Expressionism

The exquisite close-up technique of Martin Schoeller hearkens back to the thriving artistic times of Vienna circa 1900.

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On Tony Judt’s Endless Train

Be suspicious of romantic narratives, Judt reminds us, for they will only derail our understanding, and take us nowhere.

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‘Teaching Plato in Palestine’ Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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The Visual Enchantment of Music Photography

Sometimes photographs tell stories that music cannot fully articulate, carrying in their grain long-gone atmospheres.

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24 Oct 2014 // 2:30 AM

The Commandments of Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce made the stage his pulpit, the audience his parishioners, and stand-up the sermons for his alternative secular faith.

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Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.

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Eat, Drink, Draw: Lucy Knisley’s Comic Book ‘Relish’ as a Cookbook

Drawing her recipes for Relish, Lucy Knisley almost literally shows cooking to be more art than science.

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Between the Omnivore and the Hermit: Reducing Religion to a Cult of One

The bad film cultist sacrifices his selfhood to the group; the sophisticated film cultist, wary of any residue of fascism, desires alternative groups but keeps them at arm’s length to preserve the integrity of his ego and the pristine beauty of his narcissism.

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The Love of Light: Gore Vidal, 1925 - 2012

We must approach any consideration of Gore Vidal's vast body of work with fear and trembling, because if we do not properly understand and absorb his wisdom, we will have missed yet another opportunity to truly grasp American history and identity.

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In Defense of Film Critics Who Didn’t Like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Love it or hate it, The Dark Knight Rises isn't worth the type of outlandish responses received in light of the movie's initial reviews.

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28 Sep 2011 // 5:26 AM

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 10 September 2011 - Columbia, MD

Vibrant colors and the love of free music on display at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest.

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Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future

A up-close account of a city—and a world—at a thrilling and confounding moment in history, in which nothing can be counted as stable, from the sidewalk underfoot to Western assumptions about democracy and progress.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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Michael Palin: Nice Guy Finishes in Hollywood

The Nice One from Monty Python sketches a consistent portrait of himself as a decent, ordinary bloke who just happens to be trapped in the role of light-comedy hero -- Hugh Grant comes inevitably to mind -- playing exasperated straight man to his whacky buddies, who in turn are forever dragging him into Situations.

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Photo Opportunities in Video Games

Paradoxically, the same dissociating effect of observing the real world through a camera's lens tends to envelop and immerse players in a game world.

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‘Dreaming in Hindi’: Total Immersion, or Panicked Submersion?

Even at 45, Rich must defend her reputation. As she filters it through what would have been her acquired Hindi: “I have not been bringing men up to my room. I have not been throwing condoms onto people’s roofs.”

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‘The American Stage’ Is Best Enjoyed As Theatre As Literature

A collection of 200-plus years of writing about the American theatre betrays a clear preference for the past over the present.

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The Best American Non-Required Reading 2009 ed. Dave Eggers

In this collection, the tirelessly unconventional Dave Eggers collects a year's worth of American writing that ostensibly is a far cry from what we deem "the classics".

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10 Mar 2010 // 10:00 PM

Josh Rouse: El Turista

More postcards from a sunny exile. Far from the blue glow of melancholy, Rouse's music aims for glorious golden moments.

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The Devil Gets His Due: The Uncollected Essays of Leslie Fiedler. Ed. Samuele F.S. Pardini

Whatever the subject at hand, nearly every page of this collection evinces Fiedler’s intelligence, erudition, panache, and combativeness.

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