Sean Gasper Bye speaks with Valdemar about the difficulties with Adam Mickiewicz, why sophistication is overrated, and his translation of Małgorzata Szejnert’s “Ellis Island: A People’s History”.
Oren Harman, author of “Evolution: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World”, talks about Daedalus and Icarus, the power of myths, and the role of storytelling in science.
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, a panel of Poland’s youngest (and finest) intelligentsia are asked about what it means to be mature.
Ewa Małachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas speak with Valdemar about humour in Polish literature, being a sniper team, and their translation of Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz’s “The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma”.
Hungarian director Kristof Deák talks about his Academy Award-winning short film “Sing”, and how it speaks volumes about the world we live in today.
Mathilda Gustavsson, author of “The Club”, talks about her journalistic work uncovering the Jean-Claude Arnault rape scandal at the heart of the Swedish Academy.
Marcin Borchardt, director of the documentary film “Tony Halik”, talks about myths and realities across the life of one of Poland’s most loved journalists.
Thurston Moore talks about his latest album, the role of religion in his upbringing, and what artists can do in challenging times.
Martin Pollack, the author of numerous books that deconstruct Austria’s dark history, talks about his family’s Nazi past, the German minority in Slovenia, and how history is repeating itself.
Director Alexander Nanau talks about his whistleblowing documentary “Colectiv”, and how the tragedy it chronicles highlights the social and political turmoil in Romania and further afield.