Dead Simple

Just finished watching The Devil's Backbone, a powerful film which may have left me unsatisfied because I was expecting it to be something it didn't want to be. The movie, by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), is set during the Spanish Civil War at an orphanage run by Communists. A young boy, Carlos, is brought to the orphanage. He's beset by the local bully, and also begins to see a ghost, "the one who whispers," a young boy like himself. The rest of the film plays out the mystery of the … [Read more...]

“The Very Best of Strange Soviet Architecture”

The introductory paragraph seems calculated just to annoy me, but the actual photos are amazing. … [Read more...]

“Shanghai revisits its forgotten Jewish past”

LA Times (via Ratty): ...During World War II, 20,000 European Jews fled to Shanghai, one of the few places in the world they could go without a visa, and one of the few that put no limit on the number of Jews it would accept. Under Japanese occupation, they were squeezed into one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, living cheek by jowl with working-class Chinese such as Wang."They were good friends. They lived together. They played together. They suffered together under the Japanese … [Read more...]

“Pushkin Becomes a Little Girl’s Passport”

I review the children's book Letters from Rifka, at Acculturated. Thanks to NJMKW for suggesting it! … [Read more...]

Today is the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe; it seems appropriate, therefore,

to point you to The Groom's Family, a blog by a Jewish convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, who is currently doing a series on the book From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933 - 1965. … [Read more...]

Girls Like Violence

I review a show of George Bellows's paintings and prints, at AmCon. … [Read more...]

“Rogue Photographer with a Camera out of the Garbage”

Does what it says on the tin. … [Read more...]


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