Read this Week

  • It’s a Man’s World: Unpacking Masterpieces and ‘Best Of’ Culture by Nathania Gilson
    At its best, even in the worst of times, art can create expression for an open wound – a way for those who have been ignored because of their gender, sexuality, class, culture – to sound out what it means to exist, and try to move through the world. If the data tells us that there historically aren’t – but should be – more directors from different countries or birth, and films in languages that don’t rely on English language narrative techniques to tell stories, we should be looking at new ways to acknowledge the development of non-traditional types of cinema.For centuries, we have learned from the scripted lines, lived experiences, reinterpretations, tributes and opinions of white men who have had their perspectives broadcast on large screens around the world. We’ve had to dig into the depths of storylines and small details in the corners of frames to look for something; anything that may resemble something that speaks to us on our level.
  • You or Your Memory: On writing memoir and family by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
    But writing about my family is not about airing dirty laundry; it’s about communicating the complexities of a journey that started decades ago and continues, both subtly and enormously, through the threads of all our lives.My parents loved and love us. We are their proof of rebirth after trauma, and my childhood is full of happy memories. But there are pockets of sadness, too: the dysphoria of existing in this privileged country, the uneasy disconnect between present and past; the cultural chokeholds that strangled me; the things we could never understand about each other. How can I tell my story while protecting its protagonists, or the culture burned into my skin that taught respect, or the gratitude glowing in me? How can I do justice to a story that started before I was even a whisper between bedsheets?
  • Bad English- My Journey with the Language
  • Politics is one thing; mastery over form is something else entirely. No amount of political analysis, interrogation and reflection could help me achieve what I’d like to achieve, and what I’ve always wanted to achieve – to overcome my truncated linguistic heritage, to master this one language that has formed the substratum of my intellectual development, and to use it well. To inhabit the language fully, and plumb the depths of complex ideas and fields of knowledge competently and adroitly. To master new knowledge through mastery over language. To generate new ideas through mastery over language. To delve headlong into ideation and thinking, and to do so dexterously.


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