In honor of my grandmother informing me that my cousin Ryan is going to be teaching at Pitt…When I was asking about life at Pitt when I was waitlisted there for my PhD, a grad student claimed that the problem with the Cathedral of Learning was the frequency with which its elevators were out of order. I gave my usual response to elevator discussions: Paul Newman always takes the stairs, and he looks good in his seventies; I can take the stairs. The Pitt grad student found this to be perhaps slightly optimistic on my part.

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Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning tends to walk next to Moscow State University in my mind. In Christian Carion’s Farewell, Moscow State enjoys a few establishing shots – filmed as “Coke commercials” if imdb is to be believed – that Jean-Michel Simonet does a nice job with: blue-green film stock says “Soviet film.”Image

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