Read “This is Cyprus” in The Cyprus Files, a new limited newsletter series from The Usonian

I just published the first issue of The Cyprus Files, the new channel of my Substack newsletter dedicated to my Fulbright experiences and observations from the divided island nation in the Mediterranean. The introductory post gives a brief overview of Cypriot history and its present context.

Stay tuned and subscribe as I bring you a little closer to one of the cradles of civilization—and one of the most complex geopolitical situations in the modern world.

Thanks for reading!

Read “Poet Shannon Winston on her new poetry collection ‘The Girl Who Talked to Paintings'” in The Usonian

In this week’s Usonian newsletter, I interview Shannon K. Winston about her new poetry anthology, “The Girl Who Talked to Paintings,” published by Glass Lyre Press. Winston’s collection focuses on ekphrasis, the poetry which finds inspiration from and reacts to other artworks.

Check it out here and thanks for reading!

Read “The Usonian Interviews, No. 6: Author Tiffany Cates on her novel ‘M-Theory'” in The Usonian

This week in the latest issue of my newsletter, The Usonian, I talk to author Tiffany Cates about her recent literary mystery novel, “M-Theory” from Baobab Press. You can also enter for a chance to win a copy of the novel if you fill out a Google Form embedded in the article by Wednesday, September 8.

Thanks for reading and supporting indie writers and publishers! 

Listen to “‘The Panic in Needle Park’ with Harrison Blackman” on the ‘Film at Fifty’ podcast

It was great to be a guest once more on the Film at Fifty podcast, this time discussing the 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park, a performance which launched Al Pacino’s career and netted him the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather.

You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts! Thanks for listening!

Read “Shariff Korver’s ‘Do Not Hesitate’ (2021)” in The Brooklyn Rail

Check out my review of Shariff Korver’s new film, Do Not Hesitate, as part of The Brooklyn Rail’s 2021 Tribeca Film Festival coverage.

The Dutch-language film explores the international dimensions of the War on Terror, particularly regarding the allied coalition in Afghanistan. The subject is especially relevant given the US military’s contemporary withdrawal from the nation.

Read the essay here to learn more about this war film that also serves as a psychological thriller and a complex character study that explores the trauma of Dutch soldiers given their tenuous relationship with the local population.