Archive for May, 2010

Our First Memorial Day

Let us not forget in these days of divided politics those who laid down their lives so that we might live in a nation united.  They died so that an exceptional idea might live.  That exceptional idea is that men are free and equal; that every man should have the freedom of life and liberty to...
May 31st, 2010 | Domestic Policy, Politics | Read More

Farewell to LOST

Epic. That was the first thought that came to my mind after the finale of LOST. There was a lot of emotion, triumph, a few more questions answered, and ultimately, closure. Yes, I even had tears in my eyes during the last 10 minutes or so of the finale. While I can’t throw myself into the ultra-fan...
May 29th, 2010 | Television | Read More

Twenty | 28 May 2010

Twenty is a collection of apparently disparate images that have been thoughtfully selected to complement a great work of art (displayed first in the collection below).  Today’s featured image is Penelope Unravelling Her Web by Joseph Wright of Derby. Every individual image may be contemplated in...
May 28th, 2010 | Art & Literature, Other, Twenty | Read More

33 Things: The Week’s Interesting & Intriguing Links

1. Google’s Demise. 2. Kung fu bear from Japan.  Seriously. The obligatory ‘Lost’ links: 3. Unsatisfied by the LOST finale?  You’re not alone. 4. Wired: As Lost Ends, Creators Explain How They Did It, What’s Going On 5. Fill the Lost Shaped Hole in Your Life….With Friday...
May 28th, 2010 | Thirty Three Things | Read More

The Scope of Lost: In Dialogue with Joe Carter

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the end of Lost) To no one’s surprise, the final episode of this cultural behemoth has sparked a flurry of dialogue and theory-sharing. One such theory was recently put forth by Joe Carter at FirstThings.com. His opinion, however, expresses a dissatisfaction...
May 27th, 2010 | Other | Read More

Minimalist Contemplation

“I once taught art to adults in a night course. I had a woman who painted her back yard, and she said it was the first time she had ever really looked at it. I think everyone sees beauty. Art is a way to respond.” —Agnes Martin As a painter, I understand a number of paintings more readily than...
May 27th, 2010 | Art & Literature, Culture, Media | Read More

Women, Mermaids, and Mystique: Why We Don’t Really Want to Be Part of Your World

“I want to have fins”, she sighed, gazing longingly at an advertisement for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I could hardly have been more relieved; for a moment I’d thought I’d walked in on every modern mother’s nightmare – a preschooler who longs to be thin.  It’s not healthy for a four...
May 26th, 2010 | Culture, Film, Media, Philosophy, Television, Worldviews | Read More

PtW XIV: A New Hope

Welcome to the final episode of Picturing the Word! Our curriculum this week was themed “Redemption.” We watched: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) (Dreyer, 1928) Offret (The Sacrifice) (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) Mildly adhering...
May 26th, 2010 | Culture, Film, Media | Read More

To My Seniors, Whom I Love

I blinked, and I missed it.  Our last month together.  We’ve been slogging through government and politics for a year now, and our last class period is here.   For some of us, it’s been four years.  When you were freshmen, you intimidated me.  There were more days than I’d like to admit to...
May 25th, 2010 | Other | Read More

Re: Kindle-ing

Three years spent repairing old books in the basement of a university library can’t help but leave a girl like me with a definite bias.  I love books–and I don’t just love reading them.  I love the smell of leather, I love the texture of fine paper, and I love the way a well-bound volume...
May 24th, 2010 | Book Reviews, Media, Other, Technology | Read More