The BackShop Journal

A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Philip Roth, the Herald of Lust and Clever Playfulness

    Last week, Philip Roth (1933-2018), one of the best known American novelists, passed away at the age of 85. At times controversial, highly influential, he was the last living writer of the American triumvirate of the second half of the 20th century, which also includes Saul Bellow and John Updike. H...
  • Do We Live in a Dystopia?

    The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
  • British Pelagianism and the Push Toward a World War

    In the article "The British Are Driving the West's War Agenda -- But Why?" published two days ago in Global Research by Richard Cook, the author labels Brits as the masterminds of the current frenzied Russophobia in the West and the impatient effort to start World War 3. Cook is a retired Ameri...
  • The Solemn Centenary of the Valiant Defence of Amiens

    In the Spring of 1918, things didn't look great for the French. After the signing of the Brest-Litovsk treaty and the withdrawal of the Soviet Russia from the Great War, the Germans were able to transfer most of their troops and heavy artillery from the Eastern to the Western Front. On March 21, the...
  • Grigory Pomeranz and the Courage of Nonconformity

    One hundred years after the birth of Grigory Pomeranz (1918-2013), Russian philosopher and cultural theorist, we recall his long life and influential work. He was a Soviet dissident and the author of numerous articles and books, which, mostly circulated in samizdat, made a powerful impact on the lib...
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Invisible Wings (India, 2018)
Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
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