Franz Kafka

Combining architecture and design in theatre

Apart from the fact that <i>Metamorphosis</i>, a stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s seminal work by Rebecca Spurgeon has a unique interpretation to it, …

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

<b>Raphaela Simon</b><p><i>Through Feb. 11. Tramps and Michael Werner Gallery, 75 East Broadway, second floor, Manhattan; michaelwerner.com.</i><p>“Karo,” the New York solo debut of the talented young German painter Raphaela Simon, is an energizing twofer of art and setting. It proves that the old — in this case …

The Arts

Teater Garasi's new studio, seeking alternative paths

Teater Garasi director Yudi Ahmad Tajudin said the new studio’s construction was funded by the Creative Economic Agency (Bekraf).

South-east Asia

Top 10 conspiracy theories in fiction

Stories that appear to buy into hidden plots, from Franz Kafka to Thomas Pynchon, have an insistent appeal for readers looking to find out ‘what really happened’<p>While writing my third novel, UnAmerican Activities, I watched a lot of conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. The book is a series of …

Literature

Looking for Kafka – archive, 17 January 1964

17 January 1964 Richard Hooper tries in vain to locate the grave of the famous author in a Prague cemetery<p>It was a dull, grey Sunday morning. The tram rattled through the empty streets to the outer suburbs of Prague. The conductor put me off at the cemetery where, I had been told, Franz Kafka was …

Literature

12 Books That Destroyed and Rebuilt My Mind

“If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? … A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within …

Friedrich Nietzsche

5 Horrible Dictators Who Had Totally WTF Hobbies

By Kelly Stone Published: January 16th, 2018 We'd love to say that being in a position of power brings out the best in people, that taking on …

Humor

Lost in (mis)translation? English take on Korean novel has critics up in arms

A row over Han Kang’s award-winning novella The Vegetarian highlights the unavoidable difficulties of importing a novel from a very different language – but literal translation too often results in poor books<p>Another week, another round in what I shall henceforth refer to as Han Kang-gate – though …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Nick Lees: Nasty fall at home resulted in hospital stay over Christmas with fractured femur

I was travelling toward the ground at warp speed and knew in a fraction of a second my life was going to be totally changed.The wind was suddenly …

Edmonton

Tim Rollins obituary

Artist whose collaboration with young New Yorkers the Kids of Survival pioneered socially engaged conceptual art<p>Tim Rollins, who has died aged 62 of cardiovascular disease, was a conceptual artist and pioneer of socially engaged art. Always more interested in people than theory, Rollins made work …

Art

The art of building artificial humans

While plenty of scientists are working on humanoid robots, Hiroshi Ishiguro actually wants to build a human. Elizabeth Finkel reports.

Robots

Politics of the Absurd Reading Series Comes to Baruch Performing Arts Center

A new reading series, <i>Politics of the Absurd</i>, will launch in February at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, featuring three classic absurdist comedies …

Playwrights

Shouts From The Stands: Commentary On The Experience Of Swimming

<i>SwimSwam welcomes reader submissions about all topics aquatic, and if it’s well-written and well-thought, we might just post it under our “Shouts</i> …

How to write a book: dos and don’ts - plus tips from famous authors

Writing a novel consistently tops the list of unrealised new year’s resolutions, alongside losing weight and drinking less.<p>But if you do decide to …

Authors

In The Land Of Valets: Meet The Men Parking Our Cars For Money

What is more self-indulgent than to lazily ask a tall, handsome boy in a sleek, white tuxedo at a fancy restaurant in downtown New York to park your …

Manhattan

A Last Conversation with Aharon Appelfeld

My conviction that Aharon Appelfeld was the greatest Jewish writer alive began when I was perhaps 50 pages into his first novel to be translated into …

Jewish Culture

How do you follow up a sci-fi classic without cloning it? If it's 'Blade Runner,' you rewrite its DNA

The script was drafted by “Blade Runner” screenwriter Hampton Fancher. The original’s director, Ridley Scott, was key to the development process and served as executive producer. The original’s star, Harrison Ford, was in the movie. Yet director Denis Villeneuve knew his “Blade Runner 2049” would …

Science Fiction

Tale of a ‘well-made wrong’

Not often we chance on a story that in Franz Kafka’s words continuously wounds and stab us and does not flinch from acquainting us with uncomfortable …

Emotions

See Prague Art Through the Lens of It's Living Artists

In its 12 or so centuries, the city of Prague has been inhabited by its fair share of artistic geniuses. Writer Milan Kundera, decorative artist …

Europe

Stage Craft: How D.C. Does Theater

Washington, D.C., gets a lot of press (and tweets) for its dramatic political scene. But dozens of local theater companies, from upstart indie groups …

Guantanamo Bay

Anatomy of a Witch Hunt

In the annals of “lawfare” — the weaponized use of the legal system to punish a political enemy — one must distinguish between a random “drive-by” …

Conservative View

Eight Ways of Looking at Samuel Beckett

<b>One.</b><p>As Hugh Kenner explained to us long ago in his essay “The Cartesian Centaur,” Samuel Beckett is a philosophical dualist. Specifically, Beckett …

Samuel Beckett

So Here I Am, a Traveler to the Future: Talking to Robin Hanson – BLARB

<i>If we look really closely, really copiously towards the future, unclouded by our own moral preoccupations and projected desires, what might we find</i> …

Books

This System Will Supercharge Your Productivity

Make 2018 your most productive year ever.<p>Do you know that feeling? You have to do something, but somehow you just don’t do it? That’s …

Productivity

The Unlikely Kinship of “Bambi” and Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”

Before there was “Maus,” there were the “Mouse Folk.” Or, more precisely, fifty-six years before Art Spiegelman drew Jews as mice in his family memoir, Franz Kafka played with the associations between Jews and mice in the last story he wrote, “Josephine, the Singer, or the Mouse Folk,” which was …

Culture

My Law and Literature reading list 2018

The New English Bible, Oxford Study Edition [not all of it]<p>Guantanamo Diary, by Mohamedou Ould Slahi<p>Petina Gappah, The Book of Memory<p>Glaspell’s …

Literature

25 Things You Should Know About Prague

Imagine a storybook town—with hilltop castles, ornate bridges, and enchanting clock towers. Prague is exactly that idyllic picture come to life. It's …

Europe

VIDEO: Five Things to Do in Prague

Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague tempts travelers with its incredible charm and impressive architecture. The Czech Republic’s capital is …

Europe

The 40 greatest books we all should read

Based on durability and influence, these works stand the test of time and have universal appeal. Read them, carefully and repeatedly.

Literature

Biographies of famous writers show that even brilliant careers suck sometimes

Some years ago, I took a job writing biographies of famous writers for a start-up website that positioned itself as sort of an online Cliffs Notes for high school students. These included an intro (“What Dante Alighieri Did, and Why You Should Care”), a biographical essay, a timeline (“How it All …

Big Ideas