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The Voice Keepers

Thomas Y. Levin is a German professor at Princeton University who typically lectures on Weimar cinema and the Frankfurt School during the week. On weekends, he often goes to the Golden…

City, Island

The passing of every person reduces me,   As I belong to the human race.   --John Donne   1,000,000 individuals from New York who have been disregarded. Misplaced, unnoticed,…

Soul Power

We arrived in the Punjabi town just before dawn, and the still, humid summer air was filled with music.  Millions flock to the hilly, mediaeval town of Pakpattan in Pakistan…

At Home in Filmistan

Filmistan, the heart of India’s film industry, is a vibrant and bustling city. Home to some of the most iconic films ever made, it is the ultimate destination for film…

Black Notes

This is the most feared and deadly fighting art known to humankind, and is unequalled in its capacity for MAIMING, MUTILATING, DISFIGURING, PARALYZING and CRIPPLING. Very few people on the…

Save the Words

At the commencement of the lesson, a prayer is recited, however there is no mention of Jesus, Muhammad, any holy figures, nor a deity of the Abrahamic faiths. Additionally, no…

Notes in the Margin

"Notes in the margin" is a phrase that conjures up images of teachers adding comments to student essays or readers highlighting passages in a book. It's a powerful tool that…

Three Bodies in Texas

There’s an optical illusion that went viral a few years ago, an illustration from a nineteenth-century German humor magazine. From one angle, the drawing looks like a duck; from another,…

The Act of Smelling

The Nose If all our genius lies in our nostrils, as Nietzsche remarked, the nose is an untrained genius, brilliant but erratic. The human nose can detect a dizzying array…

Star System

It was the fall of 1966, as the Las Vegas Strip was just beginning to sparkle and sprawl, when a young architect and planning professor by the name of Denise…

Crush

what’s the point of a crush that doesn’t ruin you —@clare 1. To apply Claude Lévi-Strauss’s structural anthropology, a crush is called a crush because it crushes you. A crush…