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Photography featured in VICE News Article about Garifuna Migration in Honduras

Nathaniel Janowitz : August 22, 2014 3:20 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

Garifuna People are Risking Everything to Flee Their Ancestral Honduran Homelands

Article by Tim Smyth, photography by Nathaniel Janowitz. READ MORE

Garifuna's are leaving home



A horse grazes in the Travesía town cemetery, on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. Some of the tombs shine in the sun with new tiles, while others are marked by little more than rusted crosses. On one such grave — a stark box of bare concrete — lies a white wreath, which is turning brown in the sun. This is Catrín Bernárdez’s grave, the final resting place of his American dream.

Bernárdez, 43, was Garifuna. This Afro-Caribbean ethnic community, of mixed Amerindian and African descent, is scattered across Central America, but is centered in Honduras, where an estimated 200,000 Garifuna live. With a massive wave of migration to the US currently underway, the Garifuna people are being severely depleted in their ancestral homelands.

Over the past year, US government agencies have been overwhelmed by the recent influx of migrants from Central America, many of whom travel on top of a train known as “La Bestia” [The Beast]. Migrants jump the dangerous freight train, often embarking on a grueling 1,500-mile journey from the Mexico-Guatemala border to the US. The trip is marked by extortion, violence, and sexual assault. Human traffickers who control the route charge an impuesto de guerra [a war tax] to ride the train. Migrants who fail to pay are shot or thrown from La Bestia’s roof…. READ MORE

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The Colorless Cult of Murakami and Our Years of Pilgrimage

Nathaniel Janowitz : August 13, 2014 2:49 am : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

New piece up on Nerve about Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, finally being released in English. A reflection on the intense fandom and disdain created by the world’s most important living author. Click anywhere to check it out.




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Ranked – The Complete Works of Spike Jonze

Nathaniel Janowitz : December 20, 2013 4:57 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

I’ve got a new piece up on Nerve. In anticipation of Spike Jonze’s latest feature length film release, Her, I decided to rank his complete catalog (…or as much as is humanly possible). If you feel like wasting a couple hours watching music videos, short films and trailers – check it out by clicking anywhere on this post.




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New Article published by Nerve: The best and worst of Jim Jarmusch

Nathaniel Janowitz : July 18, 2013 11:03 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

New piece published with Nerve. Want to read the whole thing? Click here

Jim Jarmusch

Over his career, Jim Jarmusch has created some of the most innovative and idiosyncratic films of the late 20th and early 21st century, cementing himself as one of the greatest, absurd filmmakers of our time. Throughout the years he’s won just about everything at Cannes, (The Grand Prix, Palme d’Or – Short Film, Best Artistic Contribution, and The Golden Camera), except the Palme d’Or, although he’s been nominated six times. His latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, which just premiered at Cannes, is an unconventional love story and vampire epic starring Tilda Swinton (so, of course we can’t wait to see it).  To commemorate this, we decided to look back on the whole Jarmusch oeuvre—the good, the laconic, and the RZA-ridden.

Number 10……”READ MORE


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My old website was hacked – welcome to the new one!

Nathaniel Janowitz : March 13, 2013 10:56 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

Yes, it’s true. My awesome website was hacked a few months back. I’ve included a partial screen shot of what was replaced on my website. Above all the Arabic was a picture of a white women with duct tape over her mouth. How creepy is this?


An old college friend of mine translated this for me. Apparently it says;

“Cause you to break through, and a single mask to my room and drink coffee as usual. 
And said I need to send you a message that I am fed up

Prophet Nsulv Mac (no idea what that is?) collectively, because I needed all of you to see the precursors

But the way he looks!! Nobody went with me Haha and whisper.

Overall the owner of the site “I am giving you” The best and strength,

Get rid of your site, on this server .. and go to a different server

Excuse me I’m going to continue!! Sorrow and sadness in my room hehehehe”

Seriously Mr. Azooz, nothing better to do then hack an anonymous strangers website and write gibberish? Enjoy your sorrow and sadness.

Everyone else – welcome to the new site!


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