The BackShop Journal

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

  • American Pop Culture

    One of the explanations for the prevalence of pop culture in America can be that there was no aristocracy that would set high aesthetic standards in culture. Various forms of arts became a commodity, therefore, and just like all the other products, subject to the rules of the market and competition....
  • Hollywood

    The cinema of the United States, often generally referred to as Hollywood, has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. The major film studios of Hollywood, a suburb of Los Angeles, are the primary source of the most commercially successful movies in t...
  • American Literature and Philosophy

    Serious literature in the United States starts in the early 19th century. The first internationally popular writers were James Fenimore Cooper (1751- 1851), famous for his novels about frontiersman and Indian life, and Washington Irving (1783-1859), best known for his short stories. Nathaniel Hawtho...
  • Government and Politics in the United States

    The founding fathers of the United States were very skeptical of a strong government because of the decades-long desire to free themselves from the control of the British Empire. They drafted a constitution, therefore, which reflects their desire for liberty and tolerance. They also divided the nati...
  • Education in the United States

    While primary and secondary level of schooling (grades 1-12) in the United States are considered lower than average in terms of quality, American universities are some of the best in the world. American middle- and high-school students tend to have low scores on the international standardised tests,...
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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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