Metallica’s New Album Is Awesome

Hardwired… to Self Destruct Is a Great Album! [Read more…]


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Why Bob Dylan’s Nobel Win Is Good News

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. It’s a great award, and it helps the Nobel itself more than it helps Bob Dylan. [Read more…]


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Top 10 Iranian Films

Andrew Spitznas was kind enough to allow me to have a guest blog at his blog Secular Cinephile about my selection of top 10 Iranian films. This is the intro: The majority of people who are familiar with Iranian cinema, if they read this list, will vehemently disagree with it. Some of the most internationally [Read More…]


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Happy Deathday Willy Shakes! A Link Roundup

Yeah, it’s weird to wish someone a happy deathday, but I’m happy to celebrate William Shakespeare at every opportunity, and since 400 years have passed since his death, I’m here to offer some interesting links for you to get your Shakespeare needs fulfilled. It’s gonna be fun! [Read more…]


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Lemmy, Bowie, Alan Rickman: Men

Rebel like Lemmy. Perform like David Bowie. Love like Alan Rickman. These were all mortal men, as we were so cruelly reminded recently. But they all walked their own path relentlessly, and their individuality was unique, and each perfected his craft in his own way. And this is how aspire to be live my life as a man. [Read more…]


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E. L Doctorow (1931-2015): The Man Who Made Me Fall In Love with America

Ragtime spoke to me on a deeper level than most other masterpieces. I was fascinated by the paradoxical complexities of the American society, of the strong role of popular culture, by the way racism was portrayed, by the strange mixture of socialism and capitalism in the mindset, and most of all by the bizarre ability of the American mind to be self-deprecating and extremely conceited of itself at the same time. [Read more…]


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Günter Grass, Giant of World Literature: 1927 – 2015

There is no doubt that Grass was a giant of literature and that he will live on forever in the pantheon of immortal classical writers with all his masterpieces, from his magnum opus The Tin Drum to his other great works. But he was more than that. He was a great moral critic of his own country and his own time, a relentless outspoken voice, and a conscience to humanity. [Read more…]


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American Sniper Is an Anti-War Movie

American Sniper is a movie about violence and the deep effect it leaves on people’s soul. It’s about wounded individuals. I think its anti-war message has gone unnoticed for two main reasons: firstly, the movie is very sympathetic towards Chris Kyle, picturing him as the product and the victim of a violent culture, and secondly, it’s very subtle in its imagery and how it conveys its message. But watching the movie carefully will reveal that it is deeply anti-war. [Read more…]


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50 Shades of Grey: Let It Go

Some people expect 50 Shades of Grey to be other things than that, like, a good guide to healthy relationships, or a manual of how to do safe BDSM, or to be a good representative of BDSM, or similar worries, and to these people I say that you are attempting to milk a male cow. It’s a porn book. It’s not meant to be educating anyone, and really, if anyone is making judgments about BDSM or relationships based on this book, it’s the fault of that person and not the book. There’s nothing worthier in this world but to fight abuse. But at the same time, people need a break and an outlet for their fantasies. We shouldn’t confuse these two things together. [Read more…]


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RIP Assia Djebar (1936 – 2015), Great Author and Feminist

Novelist Assia Djebar, an ardent defender of women’s rights in her native Algeria, has died aged 78. [Read more…]


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