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Heart of Darkness

Killing Bill, Abaaoud and Abdeslam

Francis Levy | Posted 11.23.2016 | Media
Francis Levy

You do a double take when you hear an otherwise levelheaded sounding diplomat or news commentator using the word "kill" when in a civilized democracy we usual try, sentence and then appeal to Justice with her two scales where those who break the social contract are concerned.

Is High School Ruining Reading?

Samara Wolpe | Posted 09.24.2016 | College
Samara Wolpe

I have often felt that I am missing much of the joy I could be getting out of a book by reading it in class instead of on my own.

Important Shopping Information

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.18.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Did I mention the play we saw yesterday had full frontal nudity? Yep. And they didn't even mention it on their flyers! A couple of un-circumcised willy's were on full view and it did make it hard to look anywhere else when they whipped them out.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

The Valley: A Talk With John Renehan

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

John Renehan interrupted his career as an attorney to serve as a field artillery captain in the Army's Third Infantry Division in Iraq.

Brando v. Coppola: Debunking the Myth of Apocalypse Now

Susan L. Mizruchi | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Susan L. Mizruchi

Marlon Brando died on July 1, 2004. Now in the aftermath of the tenth anniversary of his death, it is time to acknowledge what has been overlooked: that our foremost American actor had a mind.

It's Not a Rehearsal

Francis Levy | Posted 05.28.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Expressions like "sounds like a plan," "I can't complain" and "being on the same page" are the stuff of which small talk conventions are made of. But ...

5 African 'Bus' Rides: Rough Riders on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Not all African buses break down, arrive days late, overwhelm you with dust and heat, or underwhelm you with esoteric notions of comfort and service. ...

Thug Notes Goes 'Straight Prime-Evil On Yo A**'

Posted 11.05.2013 | Comedy

This week, Thug Notes looks deep into the Heart Of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad... and as it turns out, it's pretty bleak indeed. If you never read t...

The Pope And The Devil

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Pope Francis takes the Gospel warnings against Satan very literally, seeing the modern tendency to write the devil off as a kind of mythical expression or literary fiction as a kind of victory for evil's influence in the world. Having been trained by Jesuits, I understand where he is coming from.

Finding the Heart of Darkness in 2013

Brian T. Finney | Posted 06.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian T. Finney

The horror in the Congo continues, but instead of being silent, as Marlow in Heart of Darkness chose to do, we must speak about it. The horror won't end if nobody knows it exists.

Here Now: The Actor's Gang's Heart of Darkness

Jill Robinson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The essence of theatre is wonder. The Actor's Gang understands this. And so does Brian T. Finney, the actor who performs his own stunning one-man adaptation of the Heart of Darkness, at the Ivy Substation Theatre in Culver City.

The Italian Pleasures of Gabriele Paterkallos: A Renaissance of Romanticism in Modernity

Pietros Maneos | Posted 05.29.2012 | Home
Pietros Maneos

He is a man who does not wish to die, who is not 'waiting for death,' but rather is craving more life, more experience, more sensation; and truly, he desires to live a thousand lives, so as to savor every single sensation of beauty, passion, and ecstasy.

The Most Provocative Filmmaker in the World: A Conversation With Mads Brügger on The Ambassador

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 04.11.2012 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

He's punk'd both the North Korean communist government and in his new film, the Central African Republic and its corrupt diplomatic culture. Mads Brügger is one of Europe's funniest and most controversial filmmakers, although most Americans haven't heard of him -- yet.

WATCH: Fred Armisen Covers Devo

Posted 12.26.2011 | Comedy

Fred Armisen is a man of many characters on "Saturday Night Live" and "Portlandia," but he's proven himself to be a tremendous talent otherwise when h...

This Summer's Perfect State of Wonder

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 09.26.2011 | Home
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Something I've always wondered -- is a book good because of the story it tells or how it's told? Then I remember the best books are a perfect combination of both -- which is the case with State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

10 Unrealized Book Adaptations That We'd Like To Have Seen

Posted 09.20.2011 | Home

From Flavorwire: When Universal announced last year that an epic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower was in the works, which would includ...

Obama in Libya: The Horror! The Horror!

Cody Gault | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Cody Gault

When I listened earlier this week to Obama's speech on the Libyan intervention, my thoughts kept drifting to Joseph Conrad's unforgettable description of a late-nineteenth century colonialist warship shelling the African coastline.

Dispatches From the Looney Front: Heart of Darkness - 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I haven't even left for a gander at Conrad's old stomping ground in the Heart of Darkness, and I'm already up to my neck in the benighted bowels of American bureaucracy.

Cigarette Pack Books: Publisher Tank Books Finds Bizarre New Way To Package Books (PHOTO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Smoking has become less and less publicly acceptable in recent years, from the ban in restaurants and bars to the outcry against cigarette advertising...