An American band inspired by Balkan sounds and French cabaret

“Growing up there were a couple of things going on that made it feel very foreign to me. I was mad, actually, that the city I was raised in felt like I didn’t belong…I do blame that for starting me off in music, actually.” – Zach Condon, Beirut lead singer “Nantes” by Beirut is the song that made me love this band. I love the … Continue reading An American band inspired by Balkan sounds and French cabaret

An honest and hopeful look at monogamy

“That’s why monogamy has such a bad reputation. It’s boring. Monogamy is the habit of not acting on what you want. I even hate the word itself. It sounds so staid, so bourgeois. Monogamy, like a board game, the approximation of excitement.” Before you read the essay below by Ian Brown, read this personal experience with Istanbul from another author here – then you will … Continue reading An honest and hopeful look at monogamy

The timeliest of all timely films

Shame, an ageless and universal deeply human feeling, is treated as it specifically relates to modern life – with an impeccable style. One of my greatest cinematic loves is this duo: British director Steve McQueen and Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender and their film “Shame.” Specifically, the film’s main theme is sex addiction, but seen more broadly, the film paints a picture of modernity and the … Continue reading The timeliest of all timely films