The personal blog of P. Kerim Friedman 傅可恩. Short (link) posts are on his microblog. For his academic blogging please visit anthro{dendum}.

April 17, 2013

Video on Demand

We are very happy to announce that, in an effort to ensure that as many people as possible see our film, we are now offering Please Don’t Beat Me,

April 17, 2013

NYIFF 2013 and Other Screenings

We are very happy to announce that Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! will have its North American premier in New York City at the 13th Annual New York

March 6, 2013

World of Birds

You’d think that Hualien, perched against the Pacific Ocean and separated by mountains from the concrete jungles of Taiwan’s West Coast, would be as

February 22, 2013

Inconvenient Ideas

Whenever Darwin encountered a “published fact” or “new observation” that contradicted one of his beliefs, he forced himself to “make a memorandum of

February 18, 2013

Sunday Readings at the New Inquiry

Do you find it difficult to keep up with all the links I post to Facebook or Twitter? Well, since the start of the year I’ve been contributing my

December 21, 2012

Consider the word ‘balti’

for instance; derived from the Portuguese ‘balde’, it probably referred originally to ship’s buckets: today, no Indian

December 10, 2012

The Sperm Whale’s Brow

To scan the lines of his face, or feel the bumps on the head of this Leviathan; this is a thing which no Physiognomist or Phrenologist has as yet

December 9, 2012

Misbehavior by Lower Officials

It is, however, a standard tactic of the people at the top in China to attribute the ordeals of the populace to misbehavior by lower officials and

November 20, 2012

The Children’s Wing of Budhan Theatre

Towards the end of Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! there is an interview with two boys who had written a play about the Budhan Theatre library: Harry and

October 30, 2012

This strangest of islands

I thought, as I looked out to the sea, this island that turned in on itself, and from which water had been banished. The

October 13, 2012

Where are the Crackpots in Treme?

I love Treme, Season 3 seems to have found a kind of groove that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before on TV. Narrative as improvisational jazz.

October 8, 2012

The story of “La Michael”

describes a group of young Amis people who try to convince their elders to name them “La Michael” so as to commemorate