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  • bombay to mumbai
    When the city of Bombay was renamed into Mumbai in 1995, it was a different kind of name change than, say, Peking to Beijing. Rather than correcting pronunciation, the cit
  • timbuktu renaissance
    A hopeful companion to Abderrahmane Sissako's ' Timbuktu ' (2014), currently showing at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, is a small exhibition at Brussels' Bozar
  • iffr: the fall of the romanov dynasty
    A challenging close of the IFFR on Saturday with a Grand Talk program that consisted of a screening of the 1927 USSR propaganda film ' The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty ', G
  • the papal palace
    The papal palace in Avignon, the Palais des Papes , in winter is a rather bleak and draughty place, with only glimpses of its onetime splendor. The curious mix of fortress
  • the child is not dead
    On May 25, 1994, president Nelson Mandela addressed the newly formed democratic parliament of South Africa, and read a poem by Ingrid Jonker, ' The child who was shot dead
  • travels with herodotus
    Ryszard Kapuściński has often been called the "reporter of the century", the 20th century that is, for his unique brand of literary travel reportage. 'Travels with Herodot
  • speer
    On April 9, 1944, The Observer published a profile of Albert Speer , "dictator of the Nazi industry". Speer, who had started his career as Hitler's architect, had by then
  • dejima stories
    The tiny fan-shaped island of Dejima in the harbor of Nagasaki played a fascinating role in the history of Japan and the Netherlands. As the most far-flung trading post of
  • xi'an stelae
    The most impressive museum in Xi'an, China's ancient capital of Chang'an, houses the Forest of Stelae, a vast collection of ancient literature and calligraphy, all engrave
  • dunhuang desert & caves
    From Sichuan further northwest to China's traditional desert frontier, where the Silk Road oasis of Dunhuang lies on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert - quite literally, w
  • lti: lingua tertii imperii
    Words can be like tiny doses of arsenic: they are swallowed unnoticed, appear to have no effect, and then after a little time the toxic reaction sets in after all. It is t
  • the party of moderate progress within the bounds of the law
    Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek is of course best known for his immortal satire, ' The Good Soldier Švejk '. But he also wrote an astonishing number of stories - reputedly som
  • radio kootwijk
    In a (by Dutch standards) remote part of the Veluwe stands the monumental radio tower of Radio Kootwijk . Built in 1923 as a long-distance telegraphic station for the then
  • terribly surprised
    George Steiner's ' In Bluebeard's Castle ', subtitled 'Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture' (1971) is a dense, searching and oldfashionedly erudite investigatio
  • cabo de são vicente
    Cabo de São Vicente is the very south-western tip of Portugal (and Europe), and the cliff of the Promontorium Sacrum, as the Romans called it, was the last land the Portug
  • the rise of the hug on tv
    Adam Curtis is best known for his distinct brand of documentaries made for the BBC, which combine a sleuth's history of ideas and relentless deconstruction of political id
  • ireland: skellig michael
    Off the coast of south-western Ireland, at the edge of the known world (in the Middle Ages at least), lie two rocks jutting out of the Atlantic, known as the Skellig Islan
  • ecclesiastical plumbing
    The current issue of Cabinet Magazine , devoted to infrastructure , contains a fascinating article on an architectural detail of Catholic churches called the piscina . The
  • a-bomb dome
    When the nuclear bomb named Little Boy hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, one of the very few buildings left standing in the city was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Pr
  • mother of god pelagonitissa
    The fifteenth century icon of 'Mother of God Pelagonitissa' is one of the highlights of the exhibition 'Unimagined Beauty' in the Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, which shows
  • baalbek
    The city of Baalbek , in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley , was in ancient times known as Heliopolis (not to be confused with the Egyptian city of the same name). These days it sell
  • beirut, beyroutes
    Once called the Paris of the East, these days Beirut may remind more of Berlin, with its glaring contrasts, open wounds and vibrant energy. Divided and laid to waste durin
  • green limes
    This green line of light is part of a project to mark the ancient boundaries of the Roman castellum in Utrecht ( Traiectum ), which was also the nothern frontier ( limes )
  • vermeer & van meegeren
    Two small but interesting exhibitions related to Johannes Vermeer ... The Mauritshuis hosts ' The Young Vermeer ', bringing together three of his early works: ' Diana and
  • florence skyline
    The skyline of Florence is dominated by a single building, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore , or simply the Duomo. Though the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio vies with i
  • investigation of a citizen above suspicion
    Elio Petri 's 1970 ' Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion ' ('Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto') is both a scathingly sarcastic political pamphl
  • the uncertainty principle
    A play based on quantum physics may sound like a recipe for heady abstraction, but Michael Frayn 's ' Copenhagen ' - ' Kopenhagen ' in the current rendition by Het Nationa
  • inanna's journey to hell
    'Inanna's Journey to Hell', composed in Mesopotamia (what is now Iraq) in the third millennium BC, ranks among the oldest surviving stories of mankind. Inanna , the Lady o
  • coptic egypt
    At more than 10% of the population, the Copts are a sizable minority in Egypt, and in most towns church towers can be seen side by side with the mosque minarets. The Copti
  • ancient egypt
    Herodotos was definitely right about the staggering number of ancient monuments to be found in Egypt. What's even more mindboggling is how well they are preserved, survivi
  • off to egypt
    About Egypt I shall have a great deal to relate because of the number of remarkable things which the country contains, and because of the fact that more monuments which be
  • where it is warm and bright
    In the current Cabinet , themed The Underground, Michael Saler tells the story of how the London Underground became a leading patron for graphic design and art in the 1920
  • morocco: gnawa
    Back to Morocco, where the traditional music of gnawa , or gnaoua, provides a fascinating representation of the different ethnic and religious groups that have shaped it.
  • la convivencia
    The period known as La Convivencia refers to the peaceful coexistence of Muslems, Jews and Christians during the Moorish reign of al-Andalus (Spain), between 711 and 1492.
  • tales of the alhambra
    The swan song of the Moors in Europe, the 14th century Alhambra palace remains suffused with exotic mystery. Located on a hilltop overlooking Granada , its fortified walls
  • the game of war
    For those with enough time on their hands: check out Guy Debord 's 'The Game of War', now made into a computer game by RSG under the title ' Kriegspiel ' (beta version; re
  • what can't be copied
    Kevin Kelly recently wrote a thoughtful essay called ' Better Than Free ' on the economics of a digital society. In what is essentially a modern inversion of Walter Benjam
  • the good soldier švejk
    ' The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War ' is the full title of Jaroslav Hašek 's satirical masterpiece, left incomplete by his premature de
  • the consolation of philosophy
    Since today is the memorial day of Saint Severinus , better known as Boethius , it seems fitting to take a look at his masterpiece ' The Consolation of Philosophy ' ('De C
  • war and peace
    A "loose baggy monster" Henry James once called Leo Tolstoy 's ' War and Peace '. At over 1300 pages, with no clearly defined plot and featuring some 500 characters, it ce
  • mancala
    Mancala is one of the oldest games in the world - or rather a vast family of hundreds of games with a common ancestor, played in Africa, the Middle East and large parts of
  • zodiac
    Some minor spoilers ahead! If David Fincher 's latest film ' Zodiac ' would've been a purely fictional story it probably wouldn't have made it past script stage for lack o
  • future shock
    Alvin Toffler 's ' Future Shock ' (1970), precursor to ' The Third Wave ', described the effects of accelerated technological and social change in late 20st century societ
  • mexico: tenochtitlan
    Mexico City, formerly known as Tenochtitlan , the capital of the Aztecs , was built on an island in Lake Texcoco and one of the world's largest cities by the time it was d
  • mexico: teotihuacán
    So, to finally delve into Mexico, with the awe-inspiring archeological site of Teotihuacán , just north-east of Mexico City. Built by unknown predecessors of the Aztecs (w
  • a fairy-tale from the north
    An old man set out to go into the woods, although he didn't know what for. Then he came back and said: -- Hey, old woman, you! The old woman fell straight down. Since then
  • the black book
    This post is not about Paul Verhoeven's film but about Orhan Pamuk 's novel ' The Black Book ' ('Kara Kitap'). As a caleidoscopic, metaphysical detective novel, 'The Black
  • the heroic imagination
    Interesting interview in Edge with psychologist Philip Zimbardo , who wonders if there is "a counterpart to Hannah Arendt 's classical analysis of evil in terms of her phr
  • the year of the death of ricardo reis
    José Saramago 's novel ' The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis ' ('O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis') is a classic example of intertextuality , blurring the line between fac
  • iffr: the paper will be blue
    First of only a couple of films seen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this week was ' The Paper Will Be Blue ' ('Hirtia va fi Albastra'), a darkly humorous doc
  • ship of fools
    Jeroen Bosch ' famous ' Ship of Fools ', the medieval allegory of humans wasting their lives in idle pleasures. Less widely known is that the custom of putting the insane
  • iffr: klimt
    The director's cut of ' Klimt ', the new film by Raúl Ruiz , starring John Malkovich , had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival . As emphasized by Ruiz, the f
  • dresdner frauenkirche
    Dresden , eastern Germany's 'Elbflorenz' (Florence on the Elbe) has a new Frauenkirche , complete with its famous ' Steinerne Glocke ' (Stone Bell). Once the skyline domin
  • stern decorations
    On the last day of SAIL Amsterdam '05 , finally got to see some of the many tall ships. There is some confusion about the name of the Dutch East Indies Company replica shi
  • the history of sampling
    Cool web project chronicling the history of sampling in music. Check: jessekriss.com/projects/samplinghistory (You need a Java plugin.)
  • dachau
    Where one sculpture says more than the whole two hour tour... Update: Larger version posted in the Places photo gallery .
  • fear & loathing
    Just to prove it's all true in Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas , here's a photo i found of the real Hunter S. Thompson and his attorney Oscar Acosta (portrayed in the film by
  • are you now or were you ever...?
    Searching for a worthy quote in memoriam of Arthur Miller, the American playwright ("Death of a Salesman", "The Crucible", "After the Fall", etc.) who died last week, i st
  • courtly manners
    The legends of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table are a highpoint of courtly literature. Chivalrous knights go on perilous quests in defense of their ladies' h
  • big ideas in perspective
    Reading Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy puts some of human kind's biggest ideas in perspective for you: Big idea #1: Their [Leucippus and Democritus, 5th

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