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Posted in internal on February 26, 2011 by John

I’ve decided to try out tumblr for a little bit. I’ll be posting there for a while. Please go to

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Nollywood, Lolliwood, Ghallywood

Posted in africa, film on December 28, 2010 by John

The films’ plots too have strong pan-African appeal. They often revolve around the travails of new arrivals in big cities—an experience familiar across the continent. The epic film “One God One Nation” portrays a Muslim man and a Christian woman who struggle to marry. “Caught in the Act” shows a wife who is wrongly accused by her own mother-in-law of abducting a child. Nollywood films depict families whose faith has been shattered, whose certainties have been undermined. They show ordinary people struggling to make sense of a fast-changing, unkind world. Aspirations are dashed. Trust is forsaken. The overarching theme of Nollywood films is Africa’s troubled journey to modernity. Because Hollywood films tend to show people at the other end of that journey, they fail to resonate.

Nigeria’s rapidly growing film industry.

A Smart Guy

Posted in science, tubes with tags , on December 17, 2010 by John

Jessie Thorn talks to Jad Abumrad about what goes into making Radiolab, and no surprise, it’s super thoughtful. He talks a lot about storytelling, words and music; also audio editing, which I was really into.


Tree of Life

Posted in film on December 15, 2010 by John


Posted in 2010, music on December 9, 2010 by John

I got this album yesterday, so I haven’t had a chance to give it a real good listen, but from what I’ve heard, it’s weird enough and good enough to post here.

Autre Ne Veut – S/T (2010)

Altered Zones has an interview and mp3s.

Katamari Man

Posted in animals, art, balls, games, japan on December 4, 2010 by John

Nice! Keita Takahashi, the man behind Katamari Damacy, and his wife Asuka Sakai have started up a blog, Uvula.

Via the Bygone Bureau’s Best blogs of 2010


Posted in film, High Fashion, italy, men on December 3, 2010 by John