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All these together formed these desolate ruins

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Working on an essay considering the ruined bodies of transnational Chinese Cinema, I began reading Bei Dao’s short story “In the Ruins” from his collection Waves. Near the end of the story, the main character, the accused reactionary Wang Qi, stops at the ruins of Yuanmingyuan–the Imperial Gardens in Beijing–and prepares to … Continue reading

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The Prosthetics of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Prosthesis: Noun. Originally from a grammatical concept “prosthetics,”  from the 1550s, “addition of a letter or syllable to a word,” from Late Latin, from Greek prosthesis “addition, application, attachment,” from prostithenai “add to,” from pros “to” + tithenai “to put, place, to set down as in a proposition.” Prosthesis in reference to … Continue reading