Culture

July, 2023

  • 23 July

    I watched Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer in Ukraine: His Greek Tragedy is our Reality

    Following the recent release of Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer continues to infuse summer 2023 with atomic energy. Stylistically, of course, the two couldn’t be more different. What Anderson shows as a blast outside a diner’s window that doesn’t so much as interrupt the characters’ coffee, Nolan shapes into a three-hour epic. And as a Ukrainian, I am …

May, 2019

  • 28 May

    How the New ‘Aladdin’ Stacks up Against a Century of Hollywood Stereotyping

    While the 2019 'Aladdin' is a big improvement from the 1992 version, it still recycles some old themes - and combines Arab, Iranian, and even Indian culture into an exotic 'East'.

November, 2017

  • 21 November

    How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving As We Know It

    At one point, turkey was jockeying with duck and chicken for king of the Thanksgiving table.

October, 2017

  • 29 October

    Tricking And Treating Has a History

    Everything you need to know about the history of Halloween.

October, 2015

  • 17 October

    Thoughts on Political Socialization

    Why political socialization is important to shaping and reshaping societies and how citizens find their morals and beliefs through it?

April, 2015

  • 10 April

    Nearly 100 Years Ago, Baseball Almost Banned Broadcasts

    With owners deeply divided over radio, a 20-year tug-of-war would ensue.

February, 2015

  • 8 February

    The Power of Stones Used in Ottoman Jewelry

    Could the Ottomans have known something that we didn’t about the stones and gems they used in their jewelry? Here is a look at the significance of the stones used in the making of these flamboyant pieces

November, 2014

  • 28 November

    FoodLense: The İstanbul-Berlin Döner Wars

    Turkish dish the döner has carved out a place for itself in modern German cuisine. It has surpassed the hamburger in Germany's fast food sector. Despite its Turkish roots, some people think the döner made in Germany is better than those made in Turkey.

  • 27 November

    Phil Hughes: The Tragic Reality of Life’s Frailty

    Sport, they say, mirrors life. Rarely, though, does it mirror the grim realities that force us to take time to examine our own frailties. Phil Hughes, whose life was ended doing what he loved most, forces introspection of just how fragile life can be.

  • 26 November

    FoodLense: The Star of Thanksgiving Dinner

    Traditional foods are a large part of Thanksgiving celebrations, which includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. But making a delicious turkey remains central to the tradition. Here is one recipe to add taste to your Thanksgiving dinner table.