Religion, Politics, & More Non-Cinema Writings

All Kids Should Have a Talking Globe

On Monday, I rode in an Uber from a small town in northern Massachusetts just outside of the New Hampshire border back to Boston. My driver was a Cambodian man who spoke to me at lengths about his favorite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Prophet Muhammad. He shared his story…

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The Tortoise Trainer and ‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden

A man, possibly a Sufi, in traditional red Ottoman clothing looks in dismay at a series of small nuisances in the form of tortoises. His musical instruments—a traditional drum and flute—aren’t adequate for the task of taming reptiles.  “The Tortoise Trainer,” or Kaplumbağa Terbiyecisi (1906), was painted by the Ottoman intellectual Osman Hamdi Bey a…

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