The Obligation to Write

June 04, 2013

As aspiring writers, we're constantly inquiring into various methods, techniques, and styles. Why did Hemingway stand to write? Is writing in the morning, as Nietzsche confesses, the most efficacious and timely? I think I found some answers in the wonderful interviews with Michel Foucault. 

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We Have Decided Not to Die

March 8th, 2013

"We Have Decided Not to Die", written, directed and edited by Daniel Askill, is a delightful, sumptuous and surprisingly analeptic short film. It's presented in three brief but interrelated narratives, almost like timed, probiotic doses of inspiration. 

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Playing with Gravity

February 26, 2013

Silicon Valley is trying to answer the question, "How can we use technology to help us learn?" Of course, this isn't a new question, it's been with us for at least two thousand years. Yet, with groundbreaking advances in hardware and software, we're reaching a new and previously unexplored point of both mobility and scalability. 

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Nothing can replace Painting

February 6, 2013

I've been reading a fair amount of interviews with David Hockney. I find them so ripe and resplendent with observations and insights. They're almost like viewing one of his landscapes. As soon as you discover one layer, a color or posture leads you to another previously unexplored depth. There's so much wonder and vastness in his work. It's as if you'll never be able to finish looking, let alone finish the conversation. 

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The Birth of Television

February 6, 2013

In reviewing my list of films last year, it became rather apparent that I spent more time watching television shows, than engaging in the cinema. Which is not to say indulging in the excesses of television, but in the innovations of television. 

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Imagination

February 04, 2013

We had a wonderful conversation with a three year old student about imagination. It went something like this: "We love your new tie-dye shirt. Can you tell us about it?" The boy responded thus, "I made it with my mom." With a grin on his face, he enthusiastically continued, "We colored the world." His mother, looking as proud as a peacock, rejoined, "How about that imagination?"

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