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Letter from Alaska

by 01/15/2003
Neighborhood: All Over, Letter From Abroad

Writing you from the ‘monsen memorial public library’ in Naknek, Alaska. Fantastic little joint–the librarian is a long black-haired tlingit (pronounced ‘klink-it’) woman who just let me use her computer. there are about five other patrons in the stacks, among them, a longshoreman whom i know named ‘al’. Outside, the fine smell of salty air […]

Italian Stirrings

by 01/01/2002
Neighborhood: England

There was once a very good film called Breaking Away about a working-class boy in Bloomington, Indiana, who yearned to be Italian. He sat for hours in his bedroom practising the guitar and playing records of Italian opera. He invented an Italian character for himself, and he successfully wooed a college girl by singing her […]

“The Burning Wall” at Film Forum, Through December 3rd

by Thomas Beller 11/26/2001
Neighborhood: Manhattan

“The Burning Wall” is playing at Film Forum This documentary film is worth seeing on the grounds that: a) It’s an intense, enthralling movie and I think you’ll enjoy it. b) The story of a state becoming obsessed with the enemy within has some resonance in our current political climate. c) The film maker is […]