Daily Archives: December 4, 2012

Guest Post: Jill’s Response to Our 2nd Rough Cut Screening

This from our mentor/intern Jill Seidenstein: In response to 2nd Screening for The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Last night I attended the second public screening for the rough cut of The Girl Who Knew Too Much. (Full disclosure, I had attended an earlier private rough-cut screening, so this was my second viewing). I was there primarily in the role

Untouchable=Load of Hooey (Or: Cultural Relativism Be Damned)

{This is a repost of something I (Scott) originally wrote in 2008}


Even in a vastly simplified form, a discussion of Nepal’s caste system is almost meaninglessly dense for a big-picture guy such as myself. Nominally outlawed before I was born, there nevertheless persists a deep and socially meaningful set of caste divisions in society here.

One of

The Day We Met Shanta

We knew we were meeting a girl who had people’s attention. They spoke in reverent tones about her intelligence and ‘spark’.

Amy and I loaded up, one with the gear into the back of the tiny car, the other on the back of a motorbike, and wound across Kathmandu–a city seemingly made up entirely of back alleys–to the ancient red-brick

Quite a Rumination About Suicide From the UK

This article is about a situation very different from Shanta’s death, but the issues it brings to the fore are familiar–stigmatization of mental health, lack of support for mental health, heightened risks from economic and social crises. The author’s discussion–and though I generally try not to read them in newspapers because they are so often mean and vacuous, the