The case for South America's continued importance
The Peruvian-born novelist Daniel Alarcón has become one of the most important modern voices for the countries south of the border.
This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com.
On 'Nicky's Family,' 'The Artist and the Model' and 'The Act of Killing'
Nicky’s Family is a Czech tribute (stirringly deserved) to Nicholas Winton, the Englishman who organized the rescue of mostly Jewish Czech children from Prague when the Nazis invaded. His organization has been active ever since in similar work. Welcome as this picture is, the tribute is only part of its achievement. It has created a cinematic marvel: a reproduction of Prague in 1939.
The Italian classic that is the least known masterpiece of European Literature
Pretension remains the greatest social crime—and authenticity the greatest virtue.
She loved authenticity, chided pretension, and may well have loved them.
Albert Camus would have celebrated his 100th birthday this week. Judging from how he documented his birthdays, it probably would not have been a particularly happy affair: his journals reveal an author ill at ease with a world that, for him, signified nothing. On his birthdays, Camus's thoughts often turned to death and, perhaps appropriately, to the works he had yet to write:November 7. [1938 - 25 years old] Character. A.M. — an invalid —both legs amputated — paralyzed all down one side.
The BBC and Deepak Chopra Buy Into a Woomeister
June 30, 1947
There is no moral to driving through America. There probably isn't any conclusion. Except the obvious one: America is not what it sounds, Americans are not those people you read about in newspapers and magazines. I
We started off with the idea of a big photo of Senator Elizabeth Warren on the cover with a big, bold line on top like "The Next President of the United States," but quickly realized how lame that was.