"The Libertarian Utopia That's Just a Bunch of White Guys on a Tiny Island"
The women of Liberland may be free, but they most certainly will not be equal.
"A Week of Darkness, for Your Health"
Whatever ails you, it seems there's someone to claim darkness therapy will cure it.
"Between Genders in Prague"
The procedure for legally changing one's gender in the Czech Republic — consistently ranked one of Europe's most developed post-communist democracies—is among the most restrictive in the European Union.
"Friday Pick: Einstein on the Beach"
Should you bring a sandwich? Should you take a nap? What’s the best way to watch — to appreciate, even to enjoy — Einstein on the Beach?
"'Monsieur Mayonnaise': The Sandwich King Who Saved Jewish Children from Nazis"
There's enough material in the life of Philippe Mora to warrant not just one movie, but maybe three or four.
July's debut novel, The First Bad Man, actualizes in fewer than 300 pages an entire world knocked off its axis by the lovelessness of its narrator.
"Sweetness and Rot: A conversation with Ewa Jacobsson"
Aching Table continues to probe the themes that have percolated through Jacobsson's career since the early 1980s: decay and dejection, desire and its lack, waste and want.
"The Door by Magda Szabó"
Why do good girlfriends sometimes disappear overnight, "ghosting," fading away, from otherwise happy friendships?
"Interview: Performance Poet Heike Fiedler"
It isn’t always easy to find excellent Czech coffee and croissants, but Fiedler learns fast—and fortunately, she’s willing to share what she knows.
Originally published in CRETUS. Read online.
Smith flits between playing the social wallflower — the junior-high girl who nobody asks to dance — and adopting a cool, sometimes icy reservedness — the one with better weekend plans.