Alex Ramon is a lecturer and critic currently based in Łódź, Poland. He is the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields and has written and presented papers on Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley, Rawi Hage, Mordecai Richler, and Iris Murdoch. He has covered film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, London and Gdynia, and interviewed various directors, writers and performers, including Tori Amos, François Ozon, Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Chyra, and Samuel Adamson. His current projects include an edited collection of reviews and essays. As well as PopMatters, he writes for Sight and Sound, BFI, and Film International, and blogs at Boycotting Trends.http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.comTwitter: @BoycottTrends
Released to accompany her last world tour, Joan Baez's latest album avoids sermonizing, approaching current calamities obliquely, gaining power from understatement, and bringing the listener to a calm place.