Author Archive: Matthew Vasiliauskas
Matthew Vasiliauskas is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. His work has appeared in publications such as Conjunctions, Berlin’s Sand Literary Journal, The University Of Wyoming’s Owen Wister Review, Chicago Literati and The Pennsylvania Review. Matthew currently lives and works in New York City.
There’s a story that theater critic Kenneth Tynan once told regarding Miles Davis’ seminal album Kind of Blue. One evening Tynan was in his study listening to the record when his nine-year-old daughter entered to kiss him goodnight. At the sound of the music the little girl suddenly paused and after a moment declared, “That’s […]
In the book of Genesis, chapter 17 verse 8, the text reads, “And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the Land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” The complexities of heritage and homeland are the subject […]
The complexities of how we create and consume narrative are compellingly explored in Rob Cannan and Ross Adam’s documentary The Lovers and the Despot. The story follows South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee who meet and fall in love in 1950’s post-war Korea. In 1978, after a string of successful films bringing […]
Can a river be a person? Should a 180 mile waterway, traversing the slopes of an active volcano, lined by scenic flour mills and home to 18 species of fish be granted the same legal rights as a human being? The New Zealand government thought so when it granted the Whanganui River personhood status in 2012. […]