Arts/Culture

Articles

Bouquet d’illusions

I am living in a past that was never fully present. The movies have a way of doing that: of so feverishly mixing the real with the imagined, the desired with the ignored and the repressed. I am thinking back to my time at Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna. I delight...

Why Should a Banker Play Jazz?

“Ah, it must be Elizabeth! Send her up.” Well, I thought, at least he still sounds the same. “The elevator is right down that hall and to the left, miss,” said the kind face behind the counter. I repeated the floor and room number over again in my head. As...

coffee stains on old desks

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library–colloquially known as the Rock, or even more colloquially–seen as an amalgamation of discarded poetry written into ancient desks. The largest and most intricate, living, breathing piece of literature on campus. I walk in and immediately make my way to the bottom floor, walking around the...

Telluride

On the festival circuit, Telluride is the most relaxed, if secretive: think blue jeans, a stark contrast to the dizzying glamour of Cannes or Berlin or Venice. Telluride is a place where the most famous of actors share the two-block Main Street with everyday moviegoers, trusting that no one will...

Chicago Culture

The windy city does more than howl, It breathes, it lives and feels and when you listen to it, you can hear it sing back to you. Millennium Park – Walking through rarifies the city around it, as the skyline takes on a different view from the green metropolis within....

AS220

A radical art nonprofit in downtown Providence is revolutionizing the way we think about and build artist communities. AS220 is a refreshing departure from the world of elite art. Umberto Crenca co-founded AS220 in 1985 on his conviction that every person has the potential for creative expression, and that such...


Red Rosa: A Revolutionary Biography

“It is in the tiny struggles of individual people that the great movements of history are most truly revealed.” -Rosa Luxemburg Born in Poland in 1871, Rosa Luxemburg faced, in the words of Vivian Gornick, a “triple historical whammy”: she was a woman, she was Jewish, and she had a...

Tiny Homes: The Ultimate Downsize

Once upon a time, everyone wanted a big house. My mom, who grew up in the seventies and early eighties, says property was a status symbol for her generation, a way to show off wealth. Today, though, priorities are changing. While many still want large houses, recent generations face new...

Found in Translation

Translation is important. Most, I think, would agree. It gives us a way to learn about other cultures, and to share our own. Without translation, we would be restricted to our small, monolingual part of the world. But I think most also believe that translated works, while useful, are only...