Both in conversation and through his work, André Aciman upholds writing as a serious undertaking. Being careless with words almost inevitably produces what he abhors: prose that doesn’t seek to do any more than provide information. Grasping Aciman’s attention to precise diction and a sentence’s cadence requires only reading a page of his many essays, his memoir of childhood in Alexandria, Egypt, or his fiction—including his 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name, which last year was made into an Oscar-winning film. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Nine Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 15 A Creative Escape Leaving your usual environment and venturing out into nature can often lead to bright ideas and a refreshed imagination. Arts & Culture Issue 22 Theresa Traore Dahlberg When Theresa Traore Dahlberg realized that she couldn’t relate to narratives about women in West African films, she decided to make her own. Arts & Culture A New Wave: Films for a New Year We select five films to begin a sublime new year. Arts & Culture Breaking From Convention: Fernand Léger A significant piece of experimental filmmaking, Ballet Mécanique takes the viewer into a realm that transcends the rigid pattern of rational thought. Arts & Culture Issue 23 Elisa Humble, hard-working and taking on Hollywood: Rising actor Elisa Lasowski talks to Pip Usher. Arts & Culture 2017 Berlinale: Five Films The 67th Berlinale is slated to serve up a host of noteworthy premieres. Jack Howard of Berlin Film Society selects his favorites.