Building seen through a fence

Coloso

HUGO RÍOS CORDERO
In the same way that some structures carry time on their shoulders, we too want to observe its traces. Every place has anchors that halt time as it passes by. In Europe, the huge cathedrals are mute and impotent witnesses of history. The old sugar mills of Puerto Rico remind us...

Athens, Greece

Psyhi mou

ADRIANNE KALFOPOULOU
I am on the island of Patmos for Easter. Though I haven’t come for the holiday specifically. It so happens I’m off from work because it’s Easter, arguably the most important event in the Greek holiday calendar; Christ’s birth the less celebrated event as compared to his death...

cave with close walls

A Cave for Mithra

MOJGAN GHAZIRAD
As we entered the city, the scorching sun crested the eastern horizon. The aroma of rosewater wafted around us in the quiet early morning streets. Niasar is famous for its rose gardens, and the best rosewater distillates are produced in this patch of land in Iran. The entrance to the cave was in a rose garden up in the hills that cradle the city.

Shirkers movie poster

Lost, Found, and Betrayed: A Review of Shirkers

HANNAH GERSEN
In 1992, at age 19, novelist Sandi Tan wrote and starred in Shirkers, a feature-length road movie shot on the streets of Singapore. The title was inspired by Tan’s idea that in life, there were people who were neither movers nor shakers, but shirkers—those who evade responsibility and duty, escaping the confines of society.

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