Havana is an anomaly, an enigma, a conundrum
Visual Arts

Havana is an anomaly, an enigma, a conundrum

The panoply of influences swirling about the island has also forged standards of beauty and fashions particular to its melting pot status. For example, the ideal Cuban woman is pear-shaped, like a Spanish guitar, full-bodied, buxom, and with carnita (a little bit of meat) on her bones – diametrically opposed to the wispy waifs glorified by the global movie and modeling industry… Continue reading

Travel & photography: Postcards from the road
Visual Arts

Travel & photography: Postcards from the road

“The long decayed remains of a white wall tyre lay on the disused turnoff road in front, now buried under vegetation, detritus and dust. I wonder if this was a service road or maybe the original 285? It a lovely moment, a kiss through time into the world of then, the experimental archaeology of my journey. I could almost hear the tread of Robert’s shoe in dust, or the cackling laughter of Marylou, wild and lost in the backseat of Kerouac’s Cadillac. Are we ever as free as when we are lost?” Continue reading

Green Documentary: Environmental Documentary in the 21st Century
Film Studies

Green Documentary: Environmental Documentary in the 21st Century

“I left no doubt that I would not come up with another film about penguins. My questions about nature were different. Why is it that certain species of ants keep flocks of plant lice as slaves to milk them for droplets of sugar? I asked them why is it that a sophisticated animal like a chimp does not utilize inferior creatures? He could straddle a goat and ride off into the sunset. Despite my odd questions, I found myself landing on the ice runway at McMurdo.” Werner Herzog
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‘Sometimes, there’s a man …’
Media & Cultural Studies

‘Sometimes, there’s a man …’

As the Stranger attempts to describe the Dude with the phrase ‘sometimes there’s a man …’ but trails off without finishing his thought, so does the masculine cult figure remain incomplete. The Dude himself demonstrates a similar lack of completion when, after he impregnates Maude and spits out his drink, declares, ‘Let me explain something about the Dude …’ but never does… Continue reading