to reactivate for a second

“Travelling does not help us much in understanding (I’ve known this for a while; I did not need to come to the Far East to convince myself that this was true) but it does serve to reactivate for a second the use of our eyes, the visual reading of the world.”

(Italo Calvino, “The Old Woman in the Purple Kimono,” p. 154 in Collection of Sand, trans. Martin McLaughlin.)

june 1–15, 2016


  • Marguerite Young, Angel in the Forest: A Fairy Tale of Two Utopias
  • A. R. Luria, Cognitive Development: Its Cultural and Social Foundations, trans. Martin Lopez-Morillas & Lynn Solotaroff
  • A. R. Luria, The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory, trans. Lynn Solotaroff


  • Joy, directed by David O. Russell


  • “Roman Wall Painting in Pompeii,” Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo
  • “Sho Shou Exhibition,” The National Arts Center, Tokyo
  • “Nihon Jiyūgadan Sumie Exhibition,” The National Arts Center, Tokyo

may 16–31, 2016


  • Ara Wilson, The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City
  • Angélica Gorodischer, Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was, trans. Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Milton Rockeach, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study
  • Eric A. Havelock, The Muse Learns to Write: Reflections on Orality and Literacy from Antiquity to the Present


  • Comizi d’amore, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Macbeth, dir. Roman Polanski
  • The Harvey Girls, dir. George Sidney
  • Κυνόδοντας (Dogtooth), dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Il gattopardo (The Leopard), dir. Luchino Visconti
  • La notte di San Lorenzo (The Night of the Shooting Stars), dir. Paolo & Vittorio Taviano