Category Archives: Current Events

Culture Update 2/24/14: Academics, Coriolanus, and Capote

Some important articles and cultural considerations I’ve been mulling over for the past week or so: Kristof: Exhorting PhDs to Get Involved Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote a column last week (“Professors, We Need You!”), carefully and … Continue reading

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Venezuelan Crisis: Links to More Information

I looked on with frustration the first week of February, as I combed the New York Times and my usual North American news outlets for any mention of the political crisis brewing in Venezuela. I saw none. Thankfully, (or not), … Continue reading

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Cultural Events Happening in Boston NOW

Boston people: next weekend, don’t make plans to just go out to dinner or a bar with your friends (for those in your mid to early twenties), or plans to just vegetate in front of the TV or prepare meals … Continue reading

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Latin American Book Fairs: Hope for Civilization amidst the Torment of Crime

Two weeks ago, I attended the 4th Annual Book Fair of Chacao (4t0 Festival de La Lectura Chacao) in Caracas, Venezuela. [Click on that previous link for a lovely view of a main Caracas plaza lit up at night.] This … Continue reading

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Iran Series: Marjane Satrapi, Hilarious Cartoonist

Yesterday I attended a Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro lecture at the Boston MFA, where I got to see one of my favorite artists, Marjane Satrapi, speak and wisecrack about her life and the cultural multiplicity of human experience. If … Continue reading

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“It’s Just Entertainment”

Four years ago, I didn’t know anything about American politics. And then I watched Saturday Night Live. I was completing a semester abroad in London in the fall of 2008 when I first watched the SNL skits featuring Tina Fey … Continue reading

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Book Purism vs. Digital Material: A Sentimental or Genuine Battle?

I opened my New York Times newspaper this morning, and was intrigued by this article about how reading books on e-readers may disrupt the reading experience. I’ve heard the argument many times, how offering the internet on the same device … Continue reading

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Foreign Superiority Complex

This post is quite delayed, blame it on too much travel during the month of December: Reading The Week on a Delta flight from Boston to Atlanta, I came across a disturbing summary piece. It was titled: How They See … Continue reading

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Ajax: Parallels between Ancient Greek and Contemporary American Warfare

Back in the spring, I missed a chance to see a performance by the Boston-based American Repertory Theater of Ajax, an ancient Greek tragedy by Sophocles. I also missed a chance to see the panel-discussion edition of the play manifested … Continue reading

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An Open Mind

This piece is one month well over-do: I sat nervously at my computer at work. My eyes tore back and forth, feverishly reading the article. Nevermind that it wasn’t work related. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. I read the … Continue reading

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