Author: Charlie Bertsch

Charlie Bertsch is the co-director of Souciant.com. He teaches literature and humanities at the University of Arizona.

HBO’s new cinematic adaptation of J.T. Rogers’ Tony award-winning play Oslo is consistently entertaining.  (More…)

The recent Italian films The Life Ahead (La vita davanti a sé) and Mom to Hundreds (Tutto il giorno davanti) thematise the plight of underage migrants from the developing world, seeking to extract maximum sentiment from audiences. (More…)

Unlike so many of the records that fall under the rubric of rap these days, Massimo Pericolo’s Solo Tutto remembers what the term originally meant. (More…)

AAI, the new album by storied German electronic group Mouse on Mars, is the rare concept album in which form and content are equals. (More…)

“Why should I worry about deviating from the masses when I am also me and myself? Am I not a mass? Am I not already a collective? Do I not contain multitudes?”  (More…)

Two Saturdays ago, while listening to Bandcamp’s stream of New & Notable releases, a track suddenly pulled me out of my distracted state.  (More…)

Hamburg-based record label Glitterbeat provides a beacon of hope, not only for music lovers tired of hearing endless iterations of the tried-and-true, but for anyone who believes unapologetic cosmopolitanism is our only gateway to a brighter future. (More…)

It’s not easy for popular music to surprise these days. And it’s even harder for it to pull off that feat without becoming perverse or pretentious in the process. (More…)

America on Fire captures a time that simultaneously feels like a distant past and an endless present. (More…)

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