Film of the Fortnight: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name and depicts her childhood and young adulthood in Tehran and Vienna against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis beautifully balances political and personal issues, historical events and everyday occurrences,…

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Book Review: Jennifer Egan – A Visit From The Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad Begins with punk rock and slowly erupts into an epic plot that seems to time travel itself across the backs and forths of many characters as their lives criss-cross and intersect. Imagine sharing headspace with the Humans of New York and you’ll have a good feel for the tone…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 1

This article is the first part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too often obscured behind numbers and terminology like “a wave of refugees”….

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Film of the Fortnight: Heartbeats

Heartbeats (2010) Xavier Dolan A mix between Wong Kar-Wai and Pedro Almodóvar, yet distinctly his own, is one way to describe Heartbeats – originally and more aptly named Les amours imaginaires – by Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan. Dolan is not only the director, the scriptwriter, the co-producer and the costume designer of this superb love…

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In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher

2016 has been a hard pill to swallow. When a celebrity passes, their loss is felt all over the world. If you’re someone like me it’s especially difficult. I grew up with a love for film and music. If I enjoyed a movie or a piece of music I would play them over and over….

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Stand Up and Act

I am astounded. What started as a small gesture to let one person know that she is valued and important to her community turned into something I never imagined. I never expected this to get past the neighborhood. Our country has been completely divided in the past couple years, but somehow this one story resonated…

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Song of the Wild: Massive Attack ft. Hope Sandoval – The Spoils

What a marvelous collaboration! British trip hop band Massive Attack brought back Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. And the video features Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett!

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Song of the Wild: Daughter – No Care

We love how the second album of British band Daughter, “Not to Disappear,” differs from their debut, bringing a whole spectrum of complex emotions. Listen (and dance) to “No care.”

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Book Review: Duff McKagan – How To Be a Man (and other illusions)

You’d hardly expect Duff McKagan from the ’80s hard rock band Guns N’ Roses to have become such an inspiration, but every time I finish one of his books I feel energized. His last book It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) was the first rock bio that made me both laugh, cry, then want to…

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Song of the Day: Courtney Love “Miss Narcissist

This one speaks for itself. Pessimists are constantly telling us, “Courtney is back!” But Courtney Love never left. Pre-order “Miss Narcissist” 7″ Vinyl from Ghostramp, HERE.

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