MoMA and Tate come to Tirana via Sigmar Polke

The self-proclaimed lover of dots, Sigmar Polke offers his dots to the public unconnected “The late German artist Sigmar Polke was not the type to make things easy for anyone…Polke’s mercurial nature [is seen] as a way of remaining free. I don’t think there are many artists who have been able to elude definition quite as successively.” – New York Observer For someone who eluded definition as … Continue reading MoMA and Tate come to Tirana via Sigmar Polke

Why Loving Joan Didion is a Trap

Liking, listing, and sharing are how you announce a self. And Didion now has become an established talisman of taste, an ideal entry in any catalogue of preferences Cover Image: Celine Spring 2015 Ad featuring Joan Didion I found this article strangely great and hilarious. Joan Didion has become a sort of semi-obscure or very famous -depending on where you are standing – intellectual fashion … Continue reading Why Loving Joan Didion is a Trap

The red carpet successes and failures of the 2015 Golden Globes

The best, the worst, the nice surprises, the boringly beautiful, the wasted good intentions, the runner-ups, and the winner Red carpet fashion is not something I deeply care about. Yet, what has always intrigued me is the fact that the red carpet symbolizes the maximum any girl can hope to achieve with her look, assisted by the best designers, stylists, make-up artists, and other services I may not be aware … Continue reading The red carpet successes and failures of the 2015 Golden Globes

Jóhann Jóhannsson’s soundtrack wins the Golden Globe

Original score of “The Theory of Everything” A great soundtrack is the best friend a film can have. This soundtrack is even more than that. In order of significance, for me, the performance of the music closely follows Eddie Redmayne’s amazing performance as Stephen Hawking  (which also won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor).  A soundtrack that adds depth to the story, yet can stand on its own. … Continue reading Jóhann Jóhannsson’s soundtrack wins the Golden Globe

A relatable problem

Relating confirms with a simple exclamation mark. Learning leaves you with a proverbial question mark suspended on top of your head. Cover Image: “Girl Before A Mirror” by Pablo Picasso The moment the seeds of this essay were first planted was not too long ago, at a live concert, on the eve of a significant birthday. The one where one supposedly makes that transition from youth … Continue reading A relatable problem

The Beatitudes composed by Vladimir Martynov

Played by Kronos Quartet These may be the best final credits of any film. La Grande Bellezza is a grand film in its entirety, no pun intended. Yet, the final scene puts a beautiful icing on what already was a perfect cake and it makes you want to watch the film all over again. This is Sorrentino’s best film so far, a movie with all … Continue reading The Beatitudes composed by Vladimir Martynov