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Quarantine Life Provides Creative Opportunity

Quarantine Life Provides Creative Opportunity
April 28, 2020

Quarantine immediately flocked to art. The couch glittered with books and films, all with their tongues out, waiting for your brain to nourish them with attention. Commuting became a matter of a few feet,...

Long-Winded Irony Constitutes Parochial Form

Long-Winded Irony Constitutes Parochial Form
April 6, 2020

The essayist Lewis Hyde once wrote, in an essay about John Berryman, that “Irony has only emergency use. Carried over time it is the voice of the trapped who have come to enjoy their cage.”...

Canonical Approach Transcends Politics

Books line a shelf at the Fruitport District Library in Fruitport, Michigan.
February 20, 2020

The detailed and heterogeneous lashings that the “classics” have taken over the years remains at least a partial wonder. I have long thought that, though we should expand literary horizons to embrace...

Three Hours Of Questionable Morality

Three Hours Of Questionable Morality
February 13, 2020

Terrence Malick, the mainstream medium-maximalist and Blakean transcendentalist that he’s always been, has lavished yet another ponderous, exhausting and often rewarding work of art upon us. It’s called...

Aesthetics Of Conversation Require Ethos

Patrick Culhane of Worcester holds his dog Mia's leash as he talks with Town Adminstrator Mike Nicholson and Rutland Selectman Jeff Stillings near a closed gate in the trail system in Rutland State Park on Tuesday. [T&G Staff/Christine Peterson]
February 13, 2020

Nervous chatting is as old as humanity, though with time it’s grown exponentially. I can’t imagine much filler on the tundra, or across the great plains, and I’m fairly sure the only caveman steeped...

Sundance Premieres Thriller Spy Series

Sundance Premieres Thriller Spy Series
February 6, 2020

The only words to describe The Little Drummer Girl in terms of public visibility would be criminally underseen. Its precious existence shimmers in the streaming sewage like hidden treasure, an invaluable...

Fear Abounds In The Depths Of Underwater

Fear Abounds In The Depths Of Underwater
January 30, 2020

The film Underwater is a middle-finger-to-the-man placed under the sea, with a rebelliousness more jagged than the any slick pseudo-politics its involves. It’s more rich, eschatological fantasy than...

Drawing Presents Unique Methodology

Some tools of the trade of quilting include a rotary cutter, colored pencils for sketching and some spools of thread. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT)
January 30, 2020

I’m not a natural at drawing. It’s only been two weeks of class, yet I’m sure I won’t be incurring any figurative jealousy. But if I think about it, I’m not a natural writer either. To be...

Conflict Is The Center Of Marriage Story

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January 23, 2020

Having never been through a divorce (or, at 22, had even the faintest whiff of marriage), I feel like somewhat of an imposter reviewing a film so intimately about that very thing. Though I could tell of...

Running Facilitates Perceptual Sense Of Clarity

Running Facilitates Perceptual Sense Of Clarity
January 23, 2020

“To be with the one I love and to think of something else: this is how I have my best ideas, how I best invent what is necessary to my work,” Roland Barthes says in The Pleasure of the Text. The beautiful...

Gerwig Revitalizes A Classic

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January 16, 2020

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story argues its domestic points by alternating blow-up arguments with subtle knifings, through a kind of realism that ends up serrating the psyche with uneven exhaustion. Though,...

Shakspearean Aesthetics Warrant Renewed Focus

Shakspearean Aesthetics Warrant Renewed Focus
January 16, 2020

While others chatted about the changes that should be made to the English major at a curriculum review committee meeting last semester, I couldn’t help but think of one change (or rather, one re-institution)...

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