Michael Casper is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of California, Los Angeles. (June 2018)


I Was There

Jonas Mekas in Lithuania, 1971; photographs from A Dance with Fred Astaire

I Had Nowhere to Go

by Jonas Mekas

A Dance with Fred Astaire

by Jonas Mekas
In October 1949, Jonas Mekas, a twenty-six-year-old Lithuanian writer, arrived in New York City on a United Nations ship carrying European refugees from World War II. He and his younger brother, Adolfas, who traveled with him, had been planning to go on to Chicago, but settled instead in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, …