What We Loved This Week: VQR, ‘The Reporter’ and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
Travel Blog • World Hum • 02.19.10 | 6:11 PM ET
I loved the new issue of VQR, with great stories from across North Africa. So far, I loved Joe Sacco’s graphic piece on immigration in Malta, Nicholas Schmidle’s story on the Somali community in Minneapolis, and Marco Vernaschi’s amazing story and photos about the coup last year in Guinea-Bissau. Brilliant photography, fiction, and lots of other stuff I haven’t gotten to yet.
You start off reading Adam Karlin’s New Orleans piece as you start off reading Dave Eggers’ “Zeitoun,” thinking that it is about what’s happened to that city; you finish reading both realizing they are about what’s happened to you and me and the world. Wonderful stuff.
I loved the Available Light Film Festival, again—I got such a kick out of sitting in a Whitehorse theater, watching documentaries from around the world. I caught one about a Mississippi high school that just held its first desegregated prom in 2008, and another about the annual migration of Chinese factory workers headed home for the New Year, but I think my favorite was “Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam.” Here’s the trailer:
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore. I took my train-loving 21-month-old son there and liked it almost as much as he did. Which is saying something, because he walked around, staring at the dozens of trains, chanting, “Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!”
I loved The Reporter, the documentary about New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof. It aired on HBO last night. Brilliant and inspiring. Here’s the trailer: