The Dance of Life, 1899 by Edvard Munch

In the “dance of life”, the protagonist is the female and the courtship phase seems to be the central and most significant part of life for the female, depicted by the actual dance in the painting. The young girl on the left is dressed in white, smiling, anxiously anticipating this phase, waiting for the dance to take place. She is sorrounded by others who are … Continue reading The Dance of Life, 1899 by Edvard Munch

When you have been light enough to live up in the air…

Why does “up” sound positive and “up in the air” negative? “Up in the air” is a metaphor for a life lived lightly. It implies the absence of concrete weight that pulls you down to earth, the abundance of space and breathing room found in the open air. “Up in the air” is the freedom of not belonging anywhere, the absence of unnecessary responsibilities. No … Continue reading When you have been light enough to live up in the air…

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

Wake up thirty-year-olds by Oriana Fallacci

Shortly after turning thirty, I read this article from the famous Italian journalist Oriana Fallacci. You can find it in its original Italian here. Below is the main part in English:
…[the thirties] are beautiful because they are free, rebellious, the outlaw years, because the anxiety of waiting is over, the melancholy of decline has not yet started, because we are lucid, finally, at thirty! Continue reading "Wake up thirty-year-olds by Oriana Fallacci"

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