Juliette Greco: Snatching Dignity From the Jaws of the Absurd

Oct 02, 2020

Did you have to be a thinker, a philosopher, to help epitomize and pioneer an existentialist ethic in 1950s Paris? Or could you live the ethic of absurd aloneness in a mad and bad world but still maintain dignity and humanism in the face of despair? And still create something defiant, though...

Richard Wagner and the Twilight of Western Civilization
Oct 02, 2020

Richard Wagner and the Twilight of Western Civilization

Xi Jinping’s Tibetan Summer of Love
Sep 01, 2020

Xi Jinping’s Tibetan Summer of Love

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again
Jul 29, 2020

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again

McCoy Tyner’s Improvisations of Hope

McCoy Tyner’s Improvisations of Hope

Mar 10, 2020

Jazz is a musical art form that cultivates complex and highly disciplined improvisational skills. In its brief history — hardly more than a century — jazz has always floated between being perceived as a style of popular, crowd-pleasing music or as a sophisticated art form produced by...

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

Feb 27, 2020

This is a story I have been sitting on for over a year, trying to get it right. It is a story about womanhood, immigration, my remarkably uneventful experience of dating R. Kelly, and the intersection between the American pop culture and the #MeToo movement. Let me start by saying that it took...

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Feb 21, 2020

An image isn’t just worth a thousand words. A good public image generates better market positions, healthier interpersonal relationships and, of course, profits. When it comes to a country’s image, its importance is even bigger, not only for economic growth but for the safety of its citizens....

Did You Say High Culture Was Dead?

Did You Say High Culture Was Dead?

Dec 12, 2019

When I was a was a young teen attending a German high school in southern Bavarian in the late 1960s, we were made to know how to distinguish between high and popular culture. High culture was Kafka and Thomas Mann, Beethoven and Mozart, Goethe and Berthold Brecht, Fritz Lang and Josef von...

Brexit Goes to the Proms

Brexit Goes to the Proms

Sep 23, 2019

“Thug-like” verbal aggression and the unceremonious snapping of an EU flag — this, according to campaigners, was one of several reactions from a small, unrepresentative number of Brexiteers offered EU flags to fly ahead of the Proms, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, on September 14. It was...