“If all the people in the world did art, a lot of the problems would be solved…”
Truffaut & Bazin & Renoir (why I love their love for one another)
In his introduction, Truffaut warns, “No one should expect me to introduce this book with caution, detachment, or equanimity. André Bazin and Jean Renoir have meant too much to me for me to be able to speak of them dispassionately.”
Gordon Parks’ The Restraints, Open and Hidden
The way Parks presents his subjects, with so much affection and clarity, we feel that we love them, and this brings home the realities of fear and injustice in a new and powerful manner.
A collection of all the articles we’ve published over the past month, for those who like to savor their Magpies’ tidings as an issue.
Letter From the Editor: February
My insomnia thoughts turned to the idea of making the world by creating, and of all the ways we make worlds, continually and subconsciously, in our waking lives as well as in our dreams.
Ikiru (and why I love it)
In English “Ikiru” means “to live,” and for the rest of the film Watanbe examines what it means to be alive, what it means to be human, and what makes being alive valuable to him.
Burns Night (and vegetarian haggis)
Some very brief thoughts on the poetry of Robert Burns, and a recipe for vegetarian haggis
Peter Ydeen: Easton Nights
The night has its own visual rules, its own color wheel, and its own ethereal presence. Here, in the small hours, the world we see as mundane, cascades into dream.
Fiction: Nipmuck Set
The new snow forgot all boundaries between land and water.
A Time for Burning
This is a painfully relevant film, and everyone should watch it.