Biden will have to choose: to be a genuine artist or a political chess piece who happens to like watercolors.
One may argue that the Orient and the Occident neither are nor can become the things they represent, since language is always prone to being representative. This exercise regarding paintings under the light of language and representation may alert the need to change our constructed way of understanding the Occident and the Orient.
There was a tree I liked to climb in the backyard of my childhood home. “Liked to climb,” I should say, are someone else’s words. I don’t know when they became my own, but some time between then and now I adopted the words in agreement that climbing that tree was something I liked to do and did often.
Last March, the highest caliber athletes around the world were forced to put their dreams on hold. The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo could not have taken place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the official announcement still arrived as a shock to the thousands of athletes vying for the chance to represent their countries and prove themselves on the world stage.
On a college campus like Yale, visible declarations of people’s political affiliations are practically ubiquitous. Laptop stickers, Zoom backgrounds, backpack pins, and the like are plastered everywhere, announcing to the world what is right, what needs change, and who is fit to make that change.
Hill reaches into the depths of her soul to express emotions so richly human that her grief, and pain, and joy, are ours.
In any case, I don’t see myself as a collector of interviews—what I really want to do is to tell stories. And so what I found is that the tool of the interview is very useful. When you begin a real dialogue with someone, you find that everyone has something to tell, a story to share, but we need to listen.
To understand the existential issues facing Iran, you could do worse than to catch the new AppleTV show “Tehran.”