Culture

Visions of Portugal

By / October 2018

On Jose Saramago’s late-in-life memoir of village life in Portugal: “When he was 83, Saramago released a memoir, which, like a missive from the grave, came into English translation in 2010, a year after he died.”

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‘The Most Important Blessing Is Bread’

By / July 2018

In Amman, writes Heather M. Surls, reverent care for bread is an economic necessity, a religious discipline, and a cultural obsession.

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First Impressions

By / May 2018

Limited knowledge leads to conjecture in films by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Denmark’s Susanne Bier.

‘The Possibility of Joy’

By / March 2018

From personal essays about Djiboutian marathon running, profiles of Uzbek arm-wrestlers, reporting about Turkey’s female hockey teams, and memoirs of Italian football glory, these pieces testify to the necessity of play.

‘Where Are You Going?’

By / December 2017

In three contemporary films from Kazakhstan, Hungary, and Chile, awe is the antidote to savagery.

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A Kind of Levitation

By / September 2017

On a rainy night in Regua, a hilly town in northern Portugal, a photographer is summoned to the house of a wealthy Catholic family to take a final portrait of their deceased daughter, Angelica.

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