• arts and culture

    Found in Translation

    john ashbery revives rimbaud

    February 9, 2012
    article by Tyler Bourgoise

    The famous literati who revered the poet Arthur Rimbaud—T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane—knew French.  They were able to directly access his poetry in a way readers of his work translated into English simply couldn’t.  Sure, something interesting was there, but the “genius” must have been locked within the French language.  Rimbaud’s frenetic energy is […]

    Speaking with Silence

    the artist offers sound perspective

    February 9, 2012
    article by Clayton Aldern

    Slightly slouched and reticent, unwilling to discard my skepticism, I was mostly annoyed that the silent nature of the film I was watching prevented me from diving into the bag of Twizzlers with the voracity usually reserved for bags of Twizzlers.  Emma sat on my right, her knees pulled to her chest and her eyes […]

    The Shows that Snagged Me

    four editors confess

    February 2, 2012
    article by Sam Knowles

    Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001-2005)I stretched across the red leather couch in Annie’s living room, cold and covered in cat hair. I had arrived in Chicago a few hours earlier, on New Years Day; there are few people for whom I’d tolerate a three-hour delay at JFK, but Annie, an old friend from Pomona, is […]

    Love Her or Leave Her

    the (mis)fortunes of miss lana del rey

    February 2, 2012
    article by Anita Badejo

    In August of last year, 25-year-old Elizabeth Grant, AKA “Lana Del Rey,” self-released the video for her first hit single, “Video Games,” on YouTube, taking the boarding school graduate/internet magnate’s daughter from obscurity to fame faster than fans could blog about it. Pitchfork immediately named the song a “Best New Track” and the residence halls […]

    Once is Enough?

    indie film takes to the stage

    February 2, 2012
    article by Kate Doyle

    There are a lot of us who, um, “fell slowly” for Once back in 2007—when the low-budget music film by John Carney was making its quiet, well-earned ascent to critical glory and warm reception from unpretentious beginnings.Made in the streets of Dublin, it is a film composed of clipped dialogue and street noise, but mostly […]