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May 25, 2018 | Rome, Italy
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    David Deropolous says shouting tourists and arming teachers share American DNA.

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Peace through Taiko

May 22nd, 2018|

I recently heard a performance of Japanese "Taiko" drumming that had a very strange and unexpected effect on me. While most people who don't know me well tend to see me as calm and content, [...]

The House That Jack Buit

May 21st, 2018|

First, let's avoid covering a climax gruesomely grandiose enough to warrant its own chapter. Let's instead focus on the more than two hours of Lars von Trier in serial killer mode. After obliterating earth (slowly) [...]

November

May 20th, 2018|

Surreal from start to finish, Estonian director Rainer Sarnet's haunting film opens with an astonishing scene in which a scythe-and-rotor creation topped with a skull descends from milky black and white skies to abscond with [...]

Lions and tigers, and numbers

May 20th, 2018|

The woman's voice began early this morning and every few minutes has repeated the same sequence. Numero 77, numero 6, numero 77 – number 77, number 6. Her amplified voice seems to rise up from [...]

When she falls for her

May 20th, 2018|

Coming up with clear answers when people ask questions about heterosexual breakups is hard enough. Add gender issues and it just gets a lot harder. Intimate relationships and they way they play out remains the [...]

Among the child believers

May 20th, 2018|

This morning it’s raining in Naggalama, Uganda. It’s been raining a lot the last two weeks, both brief, light showers and heavy deluges. Naggalama is my home base during a month-long Ugandan stay in which [...]

A garden guru named Jean

May 14th, 2018|

A neighbor falling for your garden can be a stroke of luck, writes Suzanne Dunaway.

Revenge

May 12th, 2018|

S ome movies and even genres get a boost from current events. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas used the 1970s recession and its yearning for escapism as a platform for a bevy of Saturday Matinee-style [...]

Germ warfare all’italiana

May 12th, 2018|

Vaccinations have grown in scope throughout Italy but gaps remain, writes Susan Levenstein.