Review of the Arts

Stephen Colbert, We Salute You! (May 6, 2006)

Our take on Colbert's coup: a quote from Kurt Tucholsky and a satirical dialogue between an editor and a columnist...

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FILM REVIEW: Der Untergang - The Downfall" (September 29, 2004)

Much has been written about Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and its effect on U.S. viewers. Der Untergang (The Downfall), a film produced, written and acted by German speakers has brought a record number of Germans of all generations to the movie theaters...

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Who needs commercial radio? Who needs Clear Channel? Listen to Internet radio stations like Radio Free Ithaca and see what you can hear...

"What is it that draws me in..."


Here you can read mini-reviews of four book publications:

Where She Came From
A Daughter's Search For Her Mother's History
by Helen Epstein
Published by Little, Brown and Company in 1997

To Destroy a City
Strategic Bombing and its Human Consequences in World War II
by Hermann Knell
Published by Da Capo Press in 2003

The Time of Our Singing
by Richard Powers
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2003

The Weather in Berlin
by Ward Just
Published by Houghton Mifflin Co. in 2002


Across a Great Divide, an essay by German writer Peter Schneider published in The New York Times on March 13 discusses how the war in Iraq has made the Atlantic seem wider, “with the effect of a magnifying glass, bringing older and more fundamental differences between Europe and the United States into focus.” Among other points Schneider talks about how “…the American multicultural model also generates an illusion. Since Americans really have come from all over the world, in the United States it is easy to believe that you can know and understand the world without ever leaving the country. Those who were born and brought up in America forget that these people “from all over the world” first had to become Americans – a condition that new immigrants generally accept with enthusiasm – before they could celebrate their cultural otherness. This is why it is always an American version of otherness that is encountered in the United States.”



For those of you not familiar with the "The Twilight Zone", it is an American television series that ran for five seasons from 1959 through 1964. The series was conceived by Rod Serling, who wrote many of the scripts and who was honored with five Emmys for his efforts. The stories were almost always fantastic, but with a strong underlying moral. One of the most well know episodes of the series is known as "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", about what happens in typical neighborhood during a time of uncertainty. The following analysis of the episode appeared in the Italian e-zine Dada dating from March-April 1996. It may be of relevance today...

"Good and Bad Leaders" (1996)


The American journalist Milton Mayer is best known for his groundbreaking work "They Thought They Were Free" (1955), a collection of interviews with normal, everyday people who had succumbed to National Socialism. The lessons he draws are chilling and universal, for all societies. His basic message: resist the beginnings...
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How did American Presidents and other figures in the public arena used to speak?
"Presidential Material" (satire)

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