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Puns to Ponder


By Brikena Ribaj Tip of the hat to Chris for the pointer. He and I have such a great time together playing with language. I thought I’d share with you all what he just sent my way. Enjoy. And as a medievalist, my very…

Because ALL One Needs is Music – Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There


By Brikena Ribaj I don’t think one chooses music. I truly believe it chooses one. I was asked recently why I’m such a fan of indie music. I remember saying something like, ‘well, I suppose I was born that way. Or something. It’s one…

Pet Shop Boys and Nietsche?!?!


By Brikena Ribaj I often refer to the music-loving Socrates as Nietzsche portrays him in his work Birth of Tragedy. Music is the best form of language, per Socrates. And I concur fully not just because it is Socrates’ attitude per Nietzsche but because…

Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation


By Brikena Ribaj Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) is another good Fall title for me. It takes place in Tokyo and the most relatable bits in the film are Charlotte and Bob, the two main characters, exploring the busy, urban streets of Tokyo…

Ist Brüno In oder Aus? Ish sage Aus!


By Brikena Ribaj A screening of Brüno (2009) in a German-speaking setting is one thing. A screening of it somewhere else is something else. I explain. As a German speaker, I have a healthy list of reasons as to why this film vexed my…

Camille Nelson’s Album First Words, Why I Love It


By Brikena Ribaj This is Camille Nelson, my very good friend. Camille Nelson is one of my all-time favorite people. Among so many other things, she is also an artist par excellence. Camille is also the one who patiently taught me how to play…

Ode to Silence


By Brikena Ribaj One of the reasons I love Portland, OR, well, other than it being home to the best bookstore I have seen in North America, Powell’s, is how quiet it is.

Franz Ferdinand Concert Report


Franz Ferdinand is on tour promoting their new album Tonight with Franz Ferdinand. We saw them in concert last night and I am happy to report that they delivered. They performed for one and a half hours and the energy of the band was…

Taylor Swift?! Uh-huh!


By Brikena Ribaj Today I rocked to country. Yes. I did. I rocked to country music. The reason I say this twice is because, well, for lack of a better phrase, I don’t do country. I don’t know why. I just can’t. I am…

The Transcript to ‘Gendering the Text of the iPod’ Audio Piece


By Brikena Ribaj Gadgets have a way of making me happy. Switching to the iPod was the next natural step. The other gadgets were an oh-so-20th century. That little gadget. My chosen box of possibilities. The iPod. Having in mind the theoretical approach of…

Hypocrisy and the Lies of Time: An Angelic Dilemma


By Brikena Ribaj & Scott Bradford Hypocrisy and the Lies of Time: An Angelic Dilemma Hypocrisy of Time He is ageless, the hunter With neither beginning nor end Changeless, yet the father of all change. His gaze is eternal Without preference or guile He…

Happy New Year!


This year has been a great one for Donna Magazine.The magazine took on an intern, Rachel Muenz, who did a wide variety of fantastic creative writing and non-fiction pieces. We also had the contributions of other writers such as Kirk Verner and Alex Young….

iPod Piece to Appear in Print


The iPod piece which I originally wrote and had remixed for public radio a while back will now be published by an academic journal shortly. Since in the original I had included various commercial music snippets, I decided to record an edited version of…

Memorable Tweets and Economy of Speech


We’re at the store. I get a sensorial overload from all the Christmas displays and turn to my iPhone for a visual break. My apps are all familiar to me, at least, and they never overwhelm me. Shopping’s overwhelming. I remember telling a friend…

Abba? Seriously?!


By Brikena Ribaj Abba taught me a lesson this week. Last summer my niece who lives in Munich came to spend her summer in Ohio. We had a good time and rarely did the same thing twice as I wanted her to experience as…

Best Ten Albums of 2009


By Brikena Ribaj It is a rather difficult task to pick the best albums of the year as I listen to a whole lot of music. However, here I go. Some of these musicians, unfortunately, do not get much (or enough) commercial radio time….

Muse’s The Resistance: A Review


By Brikena Ribaj I rightly talk about music a lot as it plays a significant part in my quotidianity. Most summers, thanks mostly to my intimate associations and friendships with those in the arts, I tend to spend a good measure of time learning…

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