The new season finds Ramy alone and searching for himself. After the failed romance he half-heartedly got into with his cousin at the end of season one, his heart is now broken, he’s depressed, and no amount of tough love from his friends can put him back on track. It’s only when he meets Sheikh Ali Malik (played beautifully by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) and his daughter Zainab (MaameYaa Boafo) that Ramy is able to embark on a journey to greater self-fulfillment and less self-absorption. … [Read more...] about Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ is back—with even more provocative questions for the Muslim-American diaspora
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There’s little doubt that Cosmopolis comes across as odd. In a New Yorker review, John Updike commented on its lack of empathy, adding that “the trouble with a tale where anything can happen is that somehow nothing happens”. More savagely, Michiko Kakutani wrote in the New York Times that it was hokey and contrived, “a major dud, as lugubrious and heavy-handed as a bad Wim Wenders film, as dated as an old issue of Interview magazine”. (The 2011 film version by David Cronenberg was somewhat better received.) … [Read more...] about Reading Don Delillo’s ‘Cosmopolis’ during social and financial uncertainty
All of us, then, to varying degrees, interpret ambiguous events in the light of what we already believe. It’s useful to scrutinise our assumptions and check if we’re being prudently paranoid, or letting our predispositions get the better of us. Importantly, as Brotherton says, “by painting conspiracism as some bizarre psychological tick that blights the minds of a handful of paranoid kooks, we smugly absolve ourselves of the faulty thinking we see so readily in others”. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic: Dealing with an infection of conspiracy theories
executive order to limit the powers of social media. Then he took to Twitter again, this time in response to protests over the murder of George Floyd. Trump quoted former Miami police chief Walter Headley, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” To any student, or heck, five-second Googler of history, it’s clear that Headley’s 1968 message was a threat against African Americans, and it incited days of race riots. In siding with Headley, Trump gave his blessing for police brutality against a particular race of people, along with who knows what other violent behaviors. … [Read more...] about Hush, Trump. Twitter is going easy on you.
Pico Iyer was also among those struck by the work of Lawrence when he was young. Reading the short story, The Virgin and the Gypsy in school, he was thrilled by the writer’s “heroic energy, his unvarnished romanticism, his relentless, burning determination to tell a story about a young and inexperienced soul awakening to its destiny.” Years later, Iyer finds little subtlety, and instead “a cry for release from the stifling puritanism and hypocrisies of English provincial life.” … [Read more...] about How re-reading reveals more about the reader than the book