Film

Paula Halperin

In one of the countless revealing scenes of Lucrecia Martel’s fourth film, Don Diego de Zama (a brilliant Daniel Giménez Cacho), the Spanish corregidor stuck in a northeast province in the Rio de la Plata Viceroyalty around the end of the 18th century, finds a group of female Guaraní Indians and their children. A two or three-year-old boy screams ferociously and crawls in circles, like a little lost animal. Don Diego approaches the young woman, who seems to be the boy’s mother, and asks, is he my son? She barely looks at him and nods.   

Aria Chiodo

Chris Haddix

Documentary filmmaker Nancy Kates has made a career out of rescuing for the future the lives and accomplishments of historically marginalized figures. Her latest film, however, takes as its subject one of the brightest stars of American literary culture: Susan Sontag. Chris Haddix talks with Nancy Kates about Regarding Susan Sontag.

Shaun Randol

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

“Of all the specific liberties which might come into our minds when we hear the word ‘freedom’, freedom of movement is historically the oldest and also the most elementary. Being able to depart for where we will is the prototypal gesture of being free, as limitation of freedom of movement has from time immemorial been the precondition for enslavement.”Hannah Arendt

Shaun Randol

Still from the movie version of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

The discussion of anti-war literature demands several questions, none of which will be addressed here. For example, should there even be anti-war literature? What is war, exactly, and so then what is anti-war? Which wars are worth opposing and is it the obligation of the writer to do so? And so on. Never mind that no two wars are alike, so then no two artistic responses are alike. In war, like in art, there is no single truth.

Giacomo Boitani

La Grande Bellezza

Italy (2013)

directed by Paolo Sorrentino

 

“Money is everywhere, but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.” – Federico Fellini

 

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

Leslie Hodgkins

Elizabeth Leakway in Castle Undine

Anthony Brent

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