Posts Tagged: borders

TORCH: Over the Borderline

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

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

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

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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. Booksellers see a growing demand for books in […]

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We Tell Ourselves Stories to Tell Ourselves Stories

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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 […]

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Drawing a Line

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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. His thoughts culminate in […]

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“Borders” and Brand Controversy

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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 […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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. Customers nostalgic for Borders bookstores need only to head […]

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Borders Bookstore and Sharia Law

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Borders bookstores might have withered away in bankruptcy stateside, but internationally the store continues to operate, and the chain is at the center of a censorship dispute. Melville House reports that a Borders in Kuala Lumpur was raided in 2012 and the manager, Nik Raina, arrested for selling Allah, Liberty, & Love by Irshad Manji. The […]

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The Return of the Indie Bookstore

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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 […]

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Random Media Notes

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iPhone fart app dispute heading to court. Lobbyist who was probably having an affair with John McCain settles her New York Times lawsuit without payment. New York Times suspends dividend payment. 136 more employees laid off at Borders. I never thought I would be rooting for a mega-book chain, but this is sad. Union explores […]

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