Culture

Smart Reads: Takeo Takei, Chaplin, and Lessons of Darkness

Culture

Smart Reads: Takeo Takei, Chaplin, and Lessons of Darkness

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These next two weeks are a fantasy of new releases and rediscovered classics—we just can’t help getting way more excited about the old stuff.

The highlights:

-It’s a Crime and Punishment pie chart!

-Animation shorts from the imaginary children’s books in Moonrise Kingdom.

-Lucretia Dalt performs Herzog’s Lessons of Darkness.

-Reasons to keep the hell away from Prometheus.

-Happy Birthday, Brigid Brophy: we’re hoping for a Brophy renaissance in the near future.

-“Has the world fallen out of love with Obama?” A strange but pertinent question, posed by the Guardian.

-Behind the scenes of Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, re-released by Criterion yesterday.

-Is there a better way to talk about faith?

In Time may have flopped hard, but it may also have spawned one brilliant invention.

-“In the Kumbayah Myth, racism will just stop if everyone just started acting nice to each other…”

-If you’re not fully prepared for the June 19th release of Ride a Cockhorse, get ready.

Illustrations by Takeo Takei for a 1925 edition of Aesop’s fables.