From cultural studies

Photographer Liz Arenberg roams the hills of rural Vermont for the series Eden. Her cooly radiant images depict scenes of winter abandonment that evoke a sense of both painful vacancy and soothing quietude. Produced during her time as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in response to the loss of a pregnancy, Eden is a…

part of Pretty Boys & Pathos, an ongoing column exploring the men of classic Hollywood In a July 1953 letter to writer Budd Schulberg about casting On the Waterfront, famed director Elia Kazan wrote: “If we don’t get Brando, I’m for Paul Newman. This boy will definitely be a film star. I have absolutely no doubt.…

When I first started playing the violin in the fourth grade, my parents went violin crazy. If there was someone playing violin on a TV show or in a commercial, they immediately called for me to come see or listen to it. My mom would record episodes of shows for me to watch later because…

Editor’s note: We recommend you play the below audio recording while reading this article. John Adams’ “Christian Zeal and Activity” performed by Edo De Waart and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1986 And I Believe That Composer John Adams’ piece “Christian Zeal and Activity,” first recorded in 1973, stands in the middle of all of…

There is an adage about watching cinema on mute. It dictates that a film is truly worth its salt when all sonic components are removed and the work remains comprehensible and compelling. It’s a very pedagogical saying, something likely concocted to impress upon film students that good filmmaking comes, first and foremost, from calculated cinematography……