The Local View ? Neighbourhood Cinemas and Alternative Film Projects

Many small neighbourhood cinemas invested in the future. The digital options for showing films are opening up new vistas for alternative projects. Not all of them are legal.... more more

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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 30 November, 2010

Russian TV doesn't broadcast news but state PR, proclaims journalist Leonid Parfyonov, live on Russian TV (and OpenDemocracy). In the Hungarian HVG, Agnes Heller calls  conservative liberals to the barricades. The Guardian reads Vasily Grossman and Houellebecq's poetry. In Rue89, Emmanuel Todd fears the onset of senile democracy. In Literaturen, theologian Gerd Lüdemann outs Jesus as a exorcist. The New Yorker has its eye on the latest status symbols.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 23 November, 2010

What constitutes good literary sex? asks the Independent. Al Ahram feels strangely at home in Michael Haneke's "White Ribbon". The New York Review of Books finds out how to flog more nappies to grannies. In Clarin, Horacio Bilbao finds out why the songs of Mercedes Sosa were retroactively re-privatised. Newsweek listens to Chinese love songs with the singer Zhu Zhequin. Polityka divides Poland down the middle. Rue89 watches "The Wire" in Marseilles. Tim Berners-Lee makes a stand for the free Internet.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 16 November, 2010

In Walrus, Dave Cameron recounts the time travels of his cancer-afflicted father. The Nation reads Gal Beckerman's engaging history of Soviet Jewry. Tehelka explains why India's elderly poor live in fear of their own children. What can we expect of a translation, asks Julian Barnes in the LRB. Prospect discovers that Rupert Murdoch has been distracting Iranians from revolution with his trashy soap. John Updike tells Guernica  how to steal.
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Hitler's diplomats debunked

Wednesday 10 November, 2010

TeaserPicIn September Thilo Sarrazin's bestseller "Germany is Abolishing Itself" blamed the decline of the Federal Republic on immigrants and the "underclass". Now, as Alan Posener points out, the first shots have been fired in the counter-offensive: "The Ministry and the Past" exposes the active role played by the Foreign Ministry in the Holocaust and shows that the last place Germany should seek salvation is in its elites.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 9 November, 2010

TeaserPicWired explains how to break through China's great Firewall. In El Pais Semanal, Felipe Gonzales explains how power functions - except in the Vatican. In Outlook India, Amartya Sen calls for sanctions against Burma. The Economist recommends buying shares on the pirate stock exchange. What European culture are immigrants supposed to integrate into, asks Elet es Irodalom. Is it okay to film the breasts of your teenage daughters, asks Vanity Fair. And in the New York Review of Books, Zadie Smith looks at Facebook and shrinks.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 2 November, 2010

Tehelka and Outlook defend Arundhati Roy against against acccusations of sedition. In the Paris Review, Michel Houellebecq explains what scandalous sex is. La vie des idees wonders whether Noam Chomsky is really a Manichean leftist. The Nation smells incurable romanticism in Lewis Hyde. The NZZ Folio knows why big brains are so often broke. The Guardian celebrates former East German writer Jenny Erpenbeck.
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Against obscurantism

Tuesday 2 November, 2010

TeaserPicTwo years ago Argentinian philosophy professor Horacio Potel was taken to court for running three non-profit online Spanish libraries featuring hitherto unavailable texts by Heidegger, Derrida and Nietzsche. He talks to Beatriz Busaniche about his country's draconian copyright laws and the vital importance of free access to our common heritage.
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