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The son of Vietnamese refugees who arrived in the United States around the 1975 Fall of Saigon, An Tran—whose debut collection of short stories, Meditations on the Mother Tongue, came out in February—has a keen eye for the tensions between homeland traditions and contemporary American culture. I had the pleasure of reading parts of the book during our low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte; his early work made a huge impression on...
“Sometimes someone comes along and says, oh, but it’s so erotic!” filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven told Brooklyn Magazine in a recent interview about her debut feature, Mustang, which opened in local theaters this past weekend. A film about the systematic lockdown of five longhaired sisters in Turkey, Mustang certainly portrays girlhood with a keen eye towards beauty (the film has drawn comparisons to The Virgin Suicides both for its themes and its gauzy, dream-like visuals),...

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