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Abby Zimet: Time of Useful Consciousness

A belated 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, bookseller, anti-Fascist, First Amendment activist, environmentalist, publisher, painter, creator of community, patron saint of the Beat artists, Poet Laureate of San … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad

. In this short animated video created by Kathryn Steinbacher, the philosopher Alain de Botton explores the central foible of the human heart: We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: “Double Life” by Marie Craven

. “The sleeping woman is not the dreamer, because the dreamer smokes…”  —Cindy St. Onge Marie Craven selects images from a 1940s film advertisement photographed in a noir style and … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: First Night Out

In this award-winning film directed by Will Mayo, a transgender woman goes out in public for the first time. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Diga Diga Doo

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by Scotty Morris, is a contemporary swing revival band specializing in covering popular American songs from the 1930s and 40s. Email subscribers may click … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Dolphin Megapod in the Gulf of California

. This video was produced by Sea Shepherd, a non-profit organization that takes non-violent direct action against illegal poaching: “On February 25, 2017, while patrolling the waters of the Gulf … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Sweet Nostalgia for War

Donald Trump and the triumph of fantasy The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

Video: collective: unconscious

. Five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers join forces to adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. The results are, “like nothing you’ve ever seen with your eyes open.” … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: When Words Fail in Movies

. What does silence say? A video essay by Filmscalpel. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. .  

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

. Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) is best known for his memoir Walden, a reflection on the joys of living simply, but it could be argued that his essay Civil Disobedience … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Lost in Light

. As artificial light brightens the night sky, we increasingly lose our view of the stars, planets and constellations, as well as the sense that we’re part of the universe. … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jenne Andrews: Again

How can I reconstruct you, Salvage you from leaves and dust To speak to you again? Remake you like God’s breath From lark wings, shards From Chaco, weft Of Navajo … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

All 6 Oscar nominees for best foreign film wrote a letter denouncing “fanaticism and nationalism among leading politicians” in the U.S.

Here is the text of the letter released by ABC News: .

February 27, 2017 · 5 Comments