T Magazine’s Top Picks of the Week
To read this week: Rail Ki Seeti
In the days of Vloggers using reels to showcase the hidden beauty of planet Earth, travel books look like a piece of papyrus. But not all travel books or written travel accounts have the importance of an ancient parchment and that of Mohammad Hassan Miraj Rail Ki Seeti is one of those rich, layered offerings. Across the railroad tracks, Miraj mixes first-person narratives with fact and folklore to present an expansive socio-political history that spans scores and, in some cases, civilizations without the usual and often low-drama lags. of a Pakistani train trip. If you are interested in Urdu prose this book will be a calming experience and if you are into cultural history you are in much needed context.
Watch This Week: The Last Duel
Critically acclaimed director Ridley Scott resurrects the Rashomon effect to give his latest medieval epic a modern twist. Based on real facts, The last duel is a period drama developed around the #MeToo sensibility. While the title may obscure it, the real focus of the film is the events leading up to and following the rape of the noble Marguerite de Carrouges by her husband’s rival, Jacques Le Gris. Presenting the “truth” according to each of the three main characters, the film asks us to think about how honor and faith are used to ignore those who actually suffer from sex crimes.
Listen this week: Youth
With the groundbreaking hit Heat Waves, British indie-pop group Glass Animals were everywhere last year. Whether it was appearing on all the big late-night shows in the US and UK or appearing on the soundtracks of major video games, 2021 could just as easily have been the Year. glass animals. No surprise then the group was nominated for a Grammy this year. Oddly, however, they were shortlisted for “Best New Artist” even though the band dropped their debut album in 2014. For a little reminder of the band’s exceptional catalog, listen to the track Youth from their 2016 album How to Be a Human Being.
Play this week: Spider-Man
The recent success of Spider-Man: No way Home has relaunched Spidermania so much that fans are asking for new movies featuring each of the three big-screen renditions of the hero. While hungry viewers will have to wait at least a few years for a new movie to be released, here’s something to satiate the appetite in the meantime. Why not turn on the Playstation (4 or 5) and play Insomnia games ” 2018 hit. With an exciting storyline that rivals any movie and the best web swing mechanics to date, gaming is sure to be a way to keep spider fever at bay.
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