We Americans

This Fourth of July, the words that are echoing in my mind more than any others are the lyrics of "We Americans" by The Avett Brothers, from their recent album Closer Than Together. They beautifully capture the cognitive dissonance I feel about being an American, and even made me tear up the first time I … Continue reading We Americans

Media of the moment

An ongoing series on books, movies, and music I’ve encountered recently. Songs for Singin' by the Okee Dokee Brothers. My eager anticipation was rewarded with this double-album's worth of characteristically clever, catchy, and joyful tunes. I may have teared up during “Jubilation”. The Last Temptation of Christ. Sure, there are few regrettably '80s moments and … Continue reading Media of the moment

An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony

It's good to know that even in quarantine, my old friend synchronicity can still visit me. I watched the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox after reading the review from Vox's Alissa Wilkinson and am so glad I did. Based on the true story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman fleeing her community in Williamsburg, it's just four … Continue reading An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony

Why I love Kanopy, Hum, and System Information

Want to give some love to three services I've enjoyed lately: Kanopy Kanopy is a free streaming service available through your public library. (If it isn't, ask them to get it!) Abundant with titles from A24, The Criterion Collection, and other high-quality providers, it's rife with a delightful array of foreign films, indies, and documentaries … Continue reading Why I love Kanopy, Hum, and System Information