Posts Tagged: borders

TORCH: Over the Borderline

By

I'm writing about the border through the eyes of children because the border is a problem of the imagination. ...more

Spaces of Exception vs. Spaces of Redemption: The Films of Ana Lily Amirpour

By

Diasporic communities live inside a host nation, but they also live with difference. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

By

thisweekinindiebookstores

A bookstore in Wyoming has banned laptops and cell phones so customers can live like its 1993.

The former headquarters of Borders Bookstores has become a tech hub.

Can bookstores help America heal?

The Denver public library has found a new way to raise money: selling books.

...more

We Tell Ourselves Stories to Tell Ourselves Stories

By

It’s not like we can all launch a Kickstarter or write a book—there’ve been hundreds of books about the border, and we still have the same problem. So I get angry, and perhaps it’s less about my feeling that all this testimony is useless and more my way of raging against my own impotence toward the situations we’re living through.

...more

Drawing a Line

By

Because borders are so weird, words proliferate. Along with arbitrary, nonsensical violence—and strange, unpredictable exceptions—people talk a lot and lots of papers get filed, even as all of it is, in practice, evacuated of meaning.

For The New Inquiry, Aaron Bady thinks through the poetics and the “Kafka-esque” violence of borders.

...more

“Borders” and Brand Controversy

By

MIA’s video for “Borders” is controversial in many ways: it’s full of refugee imagery, MIA rapping in the middle of boats packed with bodies. But its biggest backlash comes from what seems like its least controversial gesture—in some shots, MIA is wearing a shirt with a doctored logo, changing “Fly Emirates” to read “Fly Pirates.” One would think that critiquing big money and corporations through clever logo manipulation is old news, but MIA has received letters threatening legal action and describing the event as if the logo were a sensitive teenager with hurt feelings.

...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

By

Hong Kong is dominated by two kinds of bookstores—the independent shops specializing in political books and pornography banned by China and the shops secretly owned by Beijing’s communist government.

A Tokyo-based bookstore hosting a book fair centered around democracy and freedom suspended the event after criticism.

...more

The Return of the Indie Bookstore

By

Could Amazon actually be helping indie bookstores?

It seems counterintuitive, but after a devastating reduction in numbers in the late ’90s, the American Booksellers’ Association has finally started to grow—albeit slowly—since 2005.

Nate Hoffelder at the Digital Reader argues that by killing off (or mortally wounding) big-box bookstores like Borders, Amazon has made room in the ecosystem for indie bookstores to do what they do best: personally connect readers with books, authors, and publishers.

...more