Marie-Henri Beyle was a French novelist, better known by his pen name Stendhal. Though he is now known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology and he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism
, during his lifetime his reputation was largely based on his books dealing with the arts and with tourism
. He is also notable for personal experiences he recorded in Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio
. There he wrote that his "heart was beating fast at the thought of entering Florence," then when in the Basilica of Santa Croce
, he "experienced the most intense pleasure art has ever bestowed upon me ... a sort of ecstasy." Later, he "was seized with a fierce palpitation of the heart;" he "walked in constant fear of falling to the ground." This was the first recorded case of hyperkulturemia, also known as the Stendhal or Florence Syndrome, a psychosomatic reaction to art and/or scenes of beauty
. Similar psychosomatic experiences have been recorded in Paris
, though the former largely linked to cultural shock and disconnect at the imagined and real Paris
, while the latter most often associated with evangelical Christian tourists who are overwhelmed by their experiences and come to believe they are the Chosen One
. The good news for people who suffer from any of these syndromes: the symptoms generally diappear once the person leaves the location or region that set off the psychosomatic illness.
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 28, 2013 -
by Messe Kopp is a clever one shot video filmed then reversed to a very neat effect. [via]
posted by quin
on Mar 20, 2013 -
An essay which looks inside the conflicted mind of an Israeli soldier, stationed at a West Bank checkpoint. By Oded Na'aman, currently a student in the Philosophy PhD program at Harvard University, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces from November 2000 to October 2003. Mr. Na'aman is also a member of Breaking the Silence
, a website that gathers and publishes anonymous testimonials
from IDF soldiers -- combat veterans -- about their experiences and the realities of life in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.
posted by zarq
on Jul 24, 2012 -
is a new Israeli crime comedy, released here this weekend. The poster
features the film's central players sitting around a table loaded with booze, weed, bongs, joints and other drug paraphernalia. For the stricter populace of Jerusalem, a modified version of the poster
was prepared, one which removes all trace of...
You guessed it: Women.
The pot and booze? Untouched. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim
on Jul 22, 2012 -
"In this piece I didn't browse YouTube, I actually wandered around Jerusalem, met with musicians and filmed them."
New music/video from Kutiman
- Thru Jerusalem
posted by pashdown
on Jun 17, 2011 -
The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2010 -
Mountain air, clear as wine
And the scent of pines
Brought by the twilight breeze
With the sound of bells
Shortly before the Six Day War of 1967 an amateur singer performed
[YT] an elegy for the then-divided city of Jerusalem "locked in a dream ... with a wall in its heart". [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia
on May 21, 2009 -
Chanukkah is the story of a group of warriors (the Maccabees, later the Hasmoneans
, led by Mattathias) who rose up against the Greeks (the Seleucids
), united the Jews, reclaimed the Temple (Beit HaMikdash
), and then lit one day's supply of oil which miraculously lasted for eight days, started a brand new holiday called Chanukkah, and brought Jewish sovereignty and peace to the land of Israel. Except that almost every part of that story is either wrong or completely misleading. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Dec 21, 2008 -
in House Churches
throughout the country have heard "a call from God for the Chinese Church to preach the Gospel and establish fellowships of believers in all the countries, cities, towns, and ethnic groups between China and Jerusalem. This vision is no small task, for within those nations lay the three largest spiritual strongholds in the world today that have yet to be conquered by the Gospel: the giants of Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism." They call this movement Back to Jerusalem.
posted by afu
on Mar 20, 2007 -
Kids with Cameras
(warning, embedded QT video in link)
With an Oscar Nominated
, under her belt, Zana Briski
's spinoff project,
Kids with Cameras, teaches children growing up in difficult circumstances the art and skills of photography to empower them to appreciate the beauty and dignity of their own expression.
With projects in Calcutta
, they send great photographers to lead workshops, the children are given inexpensive 35mm cameras to capture whatever they choose
and then the children's pictures
are shown (and sold
) around the world through exhibits, books and film.
posted by fenriq
on Feb 27, 2005 -
The life of an Israeli paramedic.
"The worst thing in the terror attacks, in my point of view, is to see young babies, who have done no harm," he said. "If they are alive, shouting, burns all over their body. They are experiencing pain, very big pain. There is no stronger pain than having burns."
posted by darren
on Jun 11, 2003 -
The only moral and practical answer
that there has ever been to this question: partition, territorial compromise, a two-state solution, the establishment of a Palestinian state in most of the occupied territories with security arrangements in the Jordan Valley and identity arrangements in Jerusalem. An analysis that I can live with from The New Repuclic.
posted by semmi
on Apr 7, 2002 -
"What is it really like to live in Jerusalem? PROMISES offers touching and fresh insight into the Middle East conflict when filmmakers Shaprio, Goldberg and Bolado travel to this complex and charged city to see what seven children — Palestinian and Israeli — think about war, peace and just growing up." airs tonite (check your local listings)
i've seen a few POV documentaries before and they were pretty good.
posted by kliuless
on Dec 13, 2001 -