The Martyrdom of Angelina Jolie

[published in CounterPunch, 20 May, 2013] Catching a glimpse of a Facebook discussion this weekend, I noticed that Sharon Smith had written a piece entitled, “Why CounterPunch Owes Women an Apology” in the online weekly SocialistWorker.org regarding Ruth Fowler’s 14 May CounterPunch piece, “Angelina Jolie Under the…

Two Filmmakers Discuss Their New Movie, and the Meaning of “Independent”

[Published in The Huffington Post, 6 September, 2012] I met up with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) in Locarno, Switzerland after the screening of heir latest film.  Ruby Sparks (2012) portrays a young novelist, Clive (Paul Dano), whose writer’s block leads…

Arun Ghosh’s Odyssey

[Published in London Street-Art Design Issue 9, 2012] Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinettist, composer and music educator.  Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Arun Ghosh’s musical vision and vocabulary reflect his rich geographical heritage. Ghosh released…