Tag Archives: culture


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...

J’Accuse: Dirty Buttholes and Homage to the Nozzle

J’accuse! Americans have dirty buttholes. This culturalist remark has substantial material proof for it: U.S. citizens do not wash their behinds after going number two. (Caution: if you do not wish to entertain the idea of ice cream as a metaphor for poop or that the USA’s reluctance to change...


The Punk Spirit

The punk spirit is still in there somewhere, though — at least, I hope so. ~ Martin McDonagh, on his writing in an interview to The Guardian /// Elegy for The Pillowman i know your life is a plastic bag with no breathing holes are everywhere and in every heart yet...


This Provincial Life

Provence opens like a book. When vestiges of an older world come into view, they broaden: a narrow cobblestoned road lined by bistros, stone apartments, gabled rooftops and flowerpots in windowsills. There is no traffic besides easy-ambling pedestrians and cats indifferent to all this. At dusk, light from old-fashioned lampposts...