Peter Jenks


Why Blame Feminism?

To the Editor: Iden Sinai '07's column ("Where Feminism Went Too Far," August 4) drew to your readers' attention data suggesting a larger number of women than men complete their high school degrees, and alludes to similar data for higher degrees as well.


Boyle's '28 Days Later' twists, turns and thrills, but lacks depth

A man wakes up naked in a hospital room in London, only to find himself alone. Confused, he tears the needles from his arm and begins wandering through the ward, discovering that it is completely abandoned. Passing outside into downtown London, he finds the streets just as vacant as the building he escaped.


An acting showcase, 'The Hours' lacks cinematic vision

In these dangerous postmodern days of artistic uncertainty, filmmakers must remain aware that only a near-perfect film can get away with taking itself completely seriously -- anything less and the result is often unnerving. This problem can take a number of forms.


Rothe-Kushel '03 lets L.A.'s homeless tell their stories

Like well-cooked meals and skyscrapers, good documentaries take on a life beyond their outward function: sometimes you just set out to tell a story and end up creating art. Jethro Rothe-Kushel '03's film, "Pharaoh's Streets," a film about homelessness in Los Angeles which takes place during the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 2000, began as a narrative but became a creative act. As soon as one looks past the simple description of the film as a documentary, it becomes art in the deepest sense; that is, it is an expression of humanity through media. At a screening of his film last night as part of Dartmouth's observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Rothe-Kushel noted that his picture "does a poor job of being an activist film." But it is just that lack of motive that makes the film so powerful. The film was made during the summer after Rothe-Kushel's freshman year through a recearch grant from the College.