Colorful, beautiful, expressive! I've always wanted to learn more about Kanga; who wears it, why are they wearing it? The name comes from the pattern resemblance to a bird - the guinea-fowl ('Kanga' in Kiswahili). After slavery was abolished in East Africa (1897) and more goods were being imported such as kangas, they became a sign of … Continue reading Kanga Textile and Culture
'If the ultimate self that never left could see me, what would he make of this literary pretension?' asks Kayo Chinogonyi in his poetry collection 'Kumukanda'. The title of the book translates as 'Initiation' and depicts the development of a young boy through a succession of poems that explore the complexity of an immigrant's identity. … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi
Are you free on the first weekend of July this year and looking for something amazing to do? As their website puts it: 'The Africa Writes festival is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent … Continue reading Africa Writes 2017
‘Tired, fabulous and wrapped in fur.’ Ifan was once a New Yorker for a week and here’s an adventurous post about his experiences! Make sure to check out his blog and I can’t wait to read what he’s been up to this summer! 😉
New York, New York: so good they named it twice. Or perhaps they were merely mentally drained and stuttering, exhausted by its overwhelming excess, as I was.
Being baggage-weight-conscious I arrived in JFK the image of a struggling Hollywood starlet: Tired, fabulous and wrapped in fur. Having almost missed the AirTrain into the city due to selfie-ing and insta-boomeranging, it started dawning on me that a huge fur coat and a big black roll-neck was not the best pairing for a day of frantic cross-continent commuting, being drenched in perspiration before we made our way to the subway. Big fabulous fur was also attracted a much unwanted attention, with a toothless subway dweller feeling it necessary to yell-ask me “YO MAN! THAT SOME FOX FUR!?”. Having finally survived the treacherous subway journey, we finally made our way to our Williamsburg Loft. With the coat finally hanging in my wardrobe for the week…
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By Rali Chorbadzhiyska *This is an excerpt from a longer essay on 'Exploring the Formation and Development of Selfhood in the 18th as well as the 21st century' that works on the premise of childhood being divine and longed for by artists (due to its importance to the self). William Wordsworth’s portrait painted by Benjamin … Continue reading The Collaboration of Times: William Wordsworth ft. J. Cole
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska The Role of an Individual Voice in Shaping Histories and the Reader’s Perception of them as explored in Jorge Luis Borges’ Short Story ‘The Shape of the Sword’ Jorge Luis Borges’ craft to fit a novel worth of meaning into a short story does not fail to excel in ‘The Shape of … Continue reading The Masterful Layering of Voices in Borges’ ‘The Shape of the Sword’
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska With the summer vibes getting closer and closer, I've decided to compile a list of my favorite comedies! So here it is: Superbad - Being lame has never been cooler ;)4 2. Friday - Once you get yourself acquainted with this 1995 masterpiece (that has a sequel), prepare for Last Friday! 3. Borat - Very nice! Coming … Continue reading Do You Feel Like a Comedy?
Here is a post by a friend and a brilliant Media and Communications student! Enjoy Plamena’s blog and specifically her account of the film ‘Palo Alto’! 🙂
Palo Alto, based on a book of related short stories of the same title, written by James Franco, is Gia Coppola’s stunning film directing debut. As the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola, a lot was expected from the rather young (27 year-old at the time) emerging film director. Gia was also given the task of writing the screenplay for Palo Alto for which Franco granted her complete artistic freedom when choosing how to approach the adaptation and which short stories she was going to focus on. In an interview for WeGotThisCovered.com, James Franco said that he made this decision because he wanted “the Gia Coppola kind of experience”.
The film focuses on the characters of Teddy (Jack Kilmer, son of Val Kilmer) and Fred (Nat Wolff), two young boys experimenting with drugs, going to parties, and being altogether reckless in their actions, and April…
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By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Heraclitus has said that ‘dreamers are active collaborators in the universe’. Thus, while dreaming one is not merely participating in the natural order of human life but they are shaping life itself! Having Heraclitus’ claim in mind, I wanted to find out to what extent is then keeping a dream diary a … Continue reading Why Keep a Dream Diary??!
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Are you familiar with Camino de Santiago (an 800 km long spiritual walk in Spain)? My dear friend Alissa Atanassova (a Bulgarian actress and official Free Sofia Tour guide, who also loves dancing and hosting concerts for Sofar Sofia, Bulgaria!) went there in 2014 and later wrote a blog about it to share with the … Continue reading Camino de Santiago with Alissa