Cultures of Border(less) Control →
In a recent post for the Yale University Press blog, Eva Ledóchowicz (our shared sales representative for Eastern Europe) penned an article on the potential of the ebook as a “book without border,” linking the changing landscape of publishing (for better or worse) with developments in the European Union surrounding ID-free travel made possible by laws governing the Schengen...
Jean-Luc Godard: "Film is over. What to do?" →
The auteur is dead, says Jean-Luc Godard. The future is cut-and-paste movie mashups.* #DearNetflix: Satyajit Ray.** The Odyssey is a sequel to the Iliad, and the second, better part of Don Quixote is a sequel to the first. You can argue that Andy Warhol revamped this idea. Throughout the 1940s, Welles and Wyler wrote articles and gave more interviews, often insisting that their films...
Chungking Express at the Center of the World →
The tale told in Wong Kar-Wai’s 1994 film Chungking Express isn’t particularly straightforward. In between the stop-motion jumps and alternative shots, the film tells two stories: a cop with a jones for a lost love buys tins of pineapple that are due to expire the same day as his affection, while another cop… . Well, there’s some mirroring with postdated boarding...
On Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness →
In the week since Fourth of July celebrations rang out on every neighborhood block and city stoop (at least in Chicago’s Logan Square, where the Crime Blotter lit up like a game of Pong with noise violations well into mid-week), we’ve had a chance to surf through the op-eds, remembrances, and the short- and long-form explorations of social and political freedoms published in the...
The economics of fairness, or pass the lutefisk →
Natalie Angier is a science journalist—and an outspoken athiest—with a thirst for… . fairness? At least that’s the case in her recent piece for the New York Times, in which she explores the wealth gap that’s helped spur our worst economic crisis since the Great Depression in light of research on human nature and the evolution of human social organization. Interesting to ...
Bridge on the River Drina →
In the twenty-first century, Ivo Andrić’s profile has remained surprisingly low for a Nobel Prize winner (his 1961 citation for the Prize in Literature commends “the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country”). That is, until now. The Guardian recently reported on a collaboration between filmmaker (and...