Gigantic Wooden Megaphones Amplify the Quiet Sounds of a Natural Forest

I get a newsletter several times a week from Sound & Video Contractor, a holdover from my video editing days. Friday’s edition had this irresistible link. On display in an Estonian forest near Tallinn is ruup, an installation of three gigantic wooden megaphones that amplify the typically-quiet sounds of nature. The project was created by …

By Immigrants, For Immigrants: Why “Casablanca” Still Matters – Los Angeles Review of Books

Like many films of its era, Casablanca was made primarily by European immigrants or their offspring. Director Michael Curtiz was Hungarian-born, and screenwriters Julius and Philip Epstein were the children of Jewish immigrants, while their film was teeming with actors who had also fled Europe in the previous two decades. (Sakall played Carl, the head …