There are two aspects that make a festival particular to India as a country: the presence of several Bollywood celebrities and the post-colonial conversations about the works themselves. Floods of Indians gaze adoringly at their favorite actor or actress, and I came to realize that India was a country very much star-struck, autograph-driven. I began watching four particular writers with this same star-struck attentiveness, and found myself seeking their ‘real selves’ in their ‘book selves’.
Author archives for Himali Soin
At its simplest, performance has its origins in ritual—a set of repeated actions symbolic of larger ideas-usually adhered to within a larger community. Simple, symbolic, ritualistic and communal aptly describe Martha Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights.
The belief that we are born with a certain purity of character unmarred by notions of desire or morality still prevails in much of our society, whether in a religious context or otherwise. As the years pass, we are burdened by politics, emotion, language and perception.
Coupling Virginia Woolf and Anne Bogart is like stoking a flame with oxygen. Filled with heat and light, combustible, offensively truthful, Freshwater is the only play Woolf ever wrote, with little intention to produce it beyond the walls of her own living room. Bogart, in turn, employs this context into her direction at the opening [...]
An ode to being human and the need to express one’s self, Our City Dreams tells the story of the loves and the sufferings of five women who chose to move to New York City. Tracing the lives of Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic and Nancy Spero. The documentary style film, directed by [...]
Is the future in your hands? Say yeaah. Do you pay taxes? Say yeaah. Are your pockets empty? Say yeaah… And your yeahs fill the postered walls of Brooklyn’s Southpaw with positive energy that only amplifies as the night progresses. Antibalas (Anti-bullets in Spanish) Afrobeat Orchestra is a 12-piece collective based in Bushwick. Amalgamating highlife, [...]
BOMB The Sky Below, Stacey D’Erasmo’s most recent novel, explores the theme of flight in many realms. Gabriel, the protagonist, wears a tattooed bird on his hand and is constantly in metamorphosis, from a young boy to a man, traveling from Bishop, Mass to Brewster, Florida to New York City. He finally flees to Mexico, [...]
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