Film of the Fortnight: Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Alain Resnais Hiroshima mon amour is a French-Japanese drama film directed by Alain Resnais, with a screenplay by Marguerite Duras. On the surface it depicts the affair between a French actress, shooting an anti-war film in Hiroshima, and a Japanese architect. At its core it deals with subjects such as understanding…

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Marina Abramović – The Cleaner | Moderna Museet, Stockholm

It is tricky to do a retrospective of a performance artist. How do you represent art that is situated, relational, temporal and sometimes even immaterial in a representative manner? It is also tricky to write a review of a retrospective of a performance artist. Is it the art or the representation of the art that…

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Retro Review: Tori Amos | BJCC, Alabama – August 14, 1998

So, you’ve seen one Tori Amos show, you’ve seen them all, right? Um, no. Dear reader, I once filled an entire computer hard drive with Napster downloads of live Tori Amos gigs from the early 2000s. Every show was different, every moment seemed new and poignant. Sometimes the stories changed, the moods changed, the bass…

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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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Jay & Silent Bob Get Old | The Vic, Chicago, IL – March 30, 2017

Just go see this. I actually bought tickets to the show for my husband and his best-friend (and my cuddly co-husband, David) for David’s birthday in an attempt to lure David to Chicago for the week. But he can’t make it ’til summer so I had to go in his place. I was sad he…

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Bon Jovi | United Center, Chicago, IL – March 26, 2017

  In twenty-two years, I’ve never seen a bad Bon Jovi show. From Chattanooga to Atlanta, London, Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Gulf Shores Beach,  I’ve seen the band almost twenty times and I can’t remember a single time I’ve been disappointed with one of their sets. The March 26th, show at United Center in Chicago was…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 2

This article is the second part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. (The first part, which contains background information, you can find here.) The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too…

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Film of the Fortnight: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future,…

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Augusten Burroughs | Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL – March 29, 2017

Last month I had the chance to meet one of my writing idols, Augusten Burroughs, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago discussing his book Lust & Wonder. The Music Box is a historic picture house located in the Southport area of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. It was built in 1929, then later restored in 1982, retaining…

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Hard Times: Happy Songs For You This Friday

Hey, who even defines happy anymore? Even Paramore know we’re fucked. Check out their latest “Hard Times” from their upcoming LP After Laughter. In the super colorful, electro-pop techno-tripping video directed by Andrew Joffe, newly blonde Hayley Williams sings, “And I gotta get to rock bottom.” Well, I don’t know about that, but I do…

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