Archive for Category: "Film & Literature"

20Jan
2012

New York, I Love You

New York City. How could it get any better than this? Two videos hit YouTube this week, and both serve to remind the 19.4 million people who live here why they don’t leave. How spectacular is a city that can have such schizophrenic tastes? Discussing highbrow publications in one moment, and in the next, riding the subway without pants? See the magic yourself in these two quickies: They say you have to live here for 10 years before you can […]

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18Aug
2010

From ‘Eat Pray Love’ to Two Buttons

Author Elizabeth Gilbert and her husband own an imports store — Two Buttons — in Frenchtown, New Jersey The ultimate movie for wanderlusters (especially female ones) like Tara and me is currently out in theaters: Eat Pray Love. Chances are you’d heard of the story before Julia Roberts even took on the role; Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same title was released in 2006 and hit number one on the New York Times best-seller list. In it, she ventures to […]

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20May
2010

Q&A with Roxana Saberi

Roxana Saberi is an American foreign correspondent and former Iranian political prisoner. After her release in May 2009, she wrote Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, released March 30, chronicling her experience in Iran and her five months in Tehran’s Evin Prison. I interviewed Saberi for The Rotarian, Rotary International’s U.S. magazine. To read the full story in The Rotarian, click here.     Tara: You made a rule for yourself not to cry before your release. Why […]

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6May
2010

Banksy Does Film: Exit Through the Gift Shop

International street art man of mystery Banksy makes his debut into film with Exit Through the Gift Shop. As intrigued graffiti and art fans, we made a point to see the documentary in its first week out in Chicago. The movie was both entertaining and thought-provoking, and we’re still reeling from how much we loved it. The movie chronicles the rise of commercial street art by chronicling wannabe documentary filmmaker Thierry Guetta’s instant fame. Guetta began as a videographer, following Banksy and other […]

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25Mar
2010

Re: Your Naked Coffee Table

When the trip calls but the bank account prohibits, it’s time to decorate your coffee table. We found four photo-heavy volumes to last through your travel dry spell. If your bank account is really tight, you can always leaf through three (almost) entire books online. Click the link at the bottom of the description. Have a safe flight! Los Angeles, Portrait of a City by David L. Ulin, Kevin Starr and Jim Heimann     Los Angeles is a misunderstood […]

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11Mar
2010

Cuba Confidential

Spring Break 2010: Cuba In roughly a week and a half I will be in Cuba, and I am not slipping through Mexico to make it happen. In fact, I am part of a humanitarian aid trip bringing donated medicine and supplies to the island. About 30 of us Northwestern students will essentially function as (good, legal) drug mules and then spend a week in Cuba distributing the supplies, traveling around the island and volunteering at youth and Jewish community […]

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4Mar
2010

2 Filhos de Francisco

You know how sometimes you learn, hear or see something that makes you realize just how big the world is and perhaps how much you still don’t know or haven’t discovered? I think this happens most often with music. In the States we’re obsessed with our pop, rock and hip-hop. We assume everyone else in the world is just as much enamored of it, yet I venture that only a small percentage of Americans have ever heard of Juanes, who […]

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17Oct
2009

Shortchanged at the Chicago International Film Festival

This past Friday we headed downtown for the U.S. debut of Barah Aana (translation: Shortchanged) at the Chicago International Film Festival. It was an intimate and exciting setting, and we actually ended up seated behind the very talented and down-to-earth director, Raja Menon. Trailer (without subtitles) The Indian independent film was entertaining and thought-provoking, laden with commentaries and reflection about India’s newly-developed social structure. As Menon described it succinctly, the movie was about dignity— the necessity, cost and implications—told through […]

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