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Jennifer Lawrence Who?

Most of what we consume online is stuff that has already gone viral. What does this imply? It means that people are mostly only seeing and hearing all the same things that everyone else they know is seeing and hearing. This is boring. And danger...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Nov 5, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence Who?

Most of what we consume online is stuff that has already gone viral. What does this imply? It means that people are mostly only seeing and hearing all the same things that everyone else they know is seeing and hearing. This is boring. And danger...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Nov 5, 2014

3 Books By Funny Women

You guys. YOU GUYS. This is occasion for unbridled giddiness over three books that are coming out this fall – three memoirs by three actresses that are pretty much going to send me into binge-reading weekends where my wife is not … Conti...
by Book Riot on Sep 4, 2014

Robin Williams: The Death of Our Imaginary Friend

Imaginary friends populated my youth. In childhood, my sister and I each had an invisible elephant (one pink, one blue) that we’d ride around the col-de-sac.  Mythical creatures inhabited my backyard and the trees all had names. As a pre-teen my...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Aug 12, 2014

Robin Williams: The Death of Our Imaginary Friend

Imaginary people populated my youth. In childhood, my sister and I each had invisible elephants (one pink, one blue) that we’d ride around. The trees all had names, and my backyard was populated by mythical creatures. And then, as a pre-teen my en...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Aug 12, 2014

Staying Alive: Time for a Change

I don’t think I know very many people who aren’t struggling a lot of the time to feel alive. Sometimes the days, weeks, even months drain by, but they don’t speak to us – they almost don’t say a word.  They pass, but we are not qu...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Jul 22, 2014

Staying Alive: Time for a Change

I don’t think I know very many people who aren’t struggling a lot of the time to feel alive. Sometimes the days, weeks, even months drain by and they don’t speak to us – they almost don’t say a word.  They pass, but we are not quit...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Jul 22, 2014

At Home in Saudade

Have you ever picked up a book that you had read once before, a long while back, and been struck by how different an experience it was reading it a second time?  When we repeat an experience many years later, whether it’s related to art, music or...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Jun 2, 2014

At Home in Saudade

Have you ever picked up a book that you had read once before, a long while back, and been struck by how different an experience it was reading it a second time?  When we repeat an experience many years later, whether it’s related to art, music or...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Jun 2, 2014

Alone Is Not An Invitation

The perks of the freelancing lifestyle are numerous –  you don’t have to go to an office, you don’t have to get dressed, you don’t have to make smalltalk with your colleagues, and you get to choose your own work schedule.  But after a w...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Feb 10, 2014

Alone Is Not An Invitation

The perks of the freelancing lifestyle are numerous –  you don’t have to go to an office, you don’t have to get dressed, you don’t have to make smalltalk with your colleagues, and you get to choose your own work schedule.  But after a w...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Feb 10, 2014

Honesty is in the Ear of the Beholder

I told a lie today. It was an innocent lie.  It neither served a purpose nor caused injury.  The sort of lie that floats out of your mouth and hangs suspended in mid-air momentarily and then pops, disappearing and leaving no trace. It was 100% inco...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Sep 19, 2013

Majorly Blinkered Mainstream Media does Mali

Should I still be surprised when journalism doesn’t do the job it’s supposedly meant to do? When articles in the most important newspapers in the world are riddled with massive blind spots, coming off as either shockingly naive or else bl...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Jan 18, 2013

Bill Clinton and a Dirty Beach: Nostalgia and Denial

I haven’t actually been back to the United States, my home country, in over a year.  But I don’t think it matters how long you stay away – what’s happening in your place of origin continues to matter to you. Especially during...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Sep 18, 2012

The Indignant Indigent Youth of Spain

Last week we went to the “Semana Grande” Festival in the beautiful Basque city of San Sebastian, along the Atlantic Coast of Spain. We left our car in a parking station under one of the main squares of the city and headed to the nearest...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Aug 23, 2012

Caracas: Rotten Town

From my journal, written while living in Caracas: September 20th, 2008  Some days I think there is something truly sinister about Caracas.  Maybe just when it’s cloudy.  Maybe I have an overactive imagination.  Today I left my apartment. ...
by The Annotated Zoetrope on Mar 1, 2012


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