The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of 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...
  • Free Time and Family in the United States

    Many sociologists state that sporting events organised in a country reflect the basic values of that society, and that the state uses sports to strengthen those values in the minds and emotions of its citizens. Sports are important in almost every country in the world, but in the United States it se...
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Russian Avant-Garde, the "Black Square" and Primordial Forms
One of the most impressive and influential phenomena in the intellectual, spiritual and artistic upheaval in Russia around the time of the Revolution was the Russian avant-garde in visual arts. Two of its most prominent representatives were Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-19...
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