REVIEWS

MELODRAMA-RAMA: LOCAL FEELINGS

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A few weekends ago I drove to the teeny beach town of Oceano. I had received a tip that, somewhere on California’s Central Coast, someone was performing live melodramas.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 8, 2022
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The Sound of Ambient Rain with a Progressive Beat: NYORAI’s 雨の音

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雨の音 (rain sound) is a compact EP, but it manages to take listeners on a unique aural journey.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 5, 2022
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The Spectacle and Politics of Nudity in “Blood Sisters”

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If we think of film as “visual storytelling”, Blood Sisters certainly gives us the “visual” even if it sometimes leaves us wondering about the “storytelling.”

From Olongo Africa
On May 27, 2022
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A Nigerian Poet’s Dangerous Amorous Episodes

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In the traditions that established earlier voices in modern Africa poetry, sociopolitical maladies have remained an arch theme. In the words of Omafune Onoge, what rocks African poetry most is the crisis of consciousness.

From Olongo Africa
On May 24, 2022
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MELODRAMA-RAMA: WHERE DO I BEGIN?

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Katharine Coldiron's new column Melodrama-Rama takes readers on a beguiling tour of the world of melodrama.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 12, 2022
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A Glance into the Everyday of COVID

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This is a No Man is an Island film review written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist, as part of coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Keep an eye out for more!

From No Man Is an Island
On April 12, 2022
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Yes Look Up

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Smart people wouldn’t yell in circumstances like those. They’d lay down their lives to persuade.

From Popula
On December 27, 2021
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Island Nation 2 Encounters Same Issues as Other Recent Taiwanese Historical Television Dramas

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Cameos of real-life political figures are sprinkled throughout the show—New Party youth spokesperson Wang Bing-chung, who faced charges of being a Chinese spy in 2017, is among those to appear so far in a role as a TV announcer. Legendary Taiwanese punk rock bank LTK Commune, known for its left-wing, pro-independence political stance, too, appears in the first episode.

From No Man Is an Island
On September 17, 2021
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TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER DEP’T.

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Once you recognize this pattern, you taste it everywhere.

From Hmm Weekly
On July 21, 2021
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[REVIEW]: Writing Rejection in “This Little Light of Mine”

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Troy Onyango’s "This Little Light of Mine" is one of the shortlisted stories for the 2021 Caine Prize. It continues that tradition established in Onyango’s earlier works – writing explorations of contemporary rejection, isolation and conflict.

From Olongo Africa
On June 28, 2021
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DEP’T. OF HEALTH: The Second Pfizer Shot

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I had been dreading the second-shot side effects yet also, honestly, kind of looking forward to them.

From Hmm Weekly
On May 13, 2021
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PERSONAL INJURY DEP’T.

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NOBODY, directed by Ilya Naishuller

From Hmm Weekly
On April 12, 2021
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Haunted by the Ghosts of Taiwan’s Colonial Past

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A Review of Green Grass, Pale Fire (草地火焰)

From No Man Is an Island
On April 6, 2021
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