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Michael Simms: Portrait of Unknown Couple

He sketched in charcoal
the arch of a shoulder
the movement of a hand
the woman’s head
turned and tilted slightly
toward the man

September 24, 2022 · 6 Comments

Video: Cast Out with Love

The Poetic Reconstruction of a Cornish Gansey, from Sheep to Sea.

September 24, 2022 · 5 Comments

Edward Harkness: My Father Meets Margaret Bourke-White 

He finds a Hershey bar
in his breast pocket, offers her a piece.
She flicks her cigarette into the dark,
takes the chocolate and says, Thanks, kiddo.

September 20, 2022 · 12 Comments

Video: The Kites

A girl is playing on the green slopes of a valley in Kurdistan, on the border between Iran and Iraq, when her kite is suddenly swept across the river by the wind. Three boys on the other side see her calling for help, but cannot make out what she is saying: she is just too far away. Separated by the river, the children try to communicate with each other – yet between them lie the explosive remnants of past wars.

September 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Restrained Brain

Self-restraint goes hand in hand with the good life. Can brain science help us get a grip?

September 17, 2022 · 7 Comments

Video: The Prodigy

Two days in the extraordinary life of the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina

September 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Church and the Fourth Estate

When a reporter uncovers a file that reveals a shocking series of child-abuse allegations in Idaho’s Boy Scouts, the investigation rattles a tight-knit community and implicates the Mormon Church.

September 4, 2022 · 10 Comments

Gail Langstroth: Composting on Earth Care Farm

In two handfuls of the finished compost there are more microorganisms
than people on earth, says Mike.

August 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: A Woman of No Importance

A noir about a woman at a crossroads of morality and self-interest.

August 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: The Trails Before Us

THE TRAILS BEFORE US follows 17-year-old Nigel James, a Diné mountain biker, as he hosts the first Enduro race in the Navajo Nation. Through revitalizing livestock and wildlife trails on his grandparents’ land, Nigel and a new generation of riders honor the connection to their land, community, and culture.

August 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Now is the time

Restored footage reveals how a totem pole raising sparked a cultural rebirth.

August 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Around the Block

…a study of the process involved in making ideas come to life – told through a tour of David’s world alongside the characters that live within it.

August 20, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: Shahmaran

The Shahmaran is a mythical creature, half snake and half woman. The first human she encounters is a young man named Camasb who gets stuck in her cave after he tries to steal honey.

August 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Judith Baumel: The Last Judgment in which Enrico Scrovegni is Seen Presenting a Model of His Chapel to the Blessed Mother

Like a litter of mice born bare and squirming
the resurrected emerge from the cracked ground,
their bodies so very pale and hairless
so small and scrawny, stunned and scrambling
to comport themselves.

August 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

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