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News Feed Anorexia

By Duo Dickinson

  My laptop’s MSN home page is a revelation.   I am so techno-lazy that I never select a homepage – I just go with what is there after someone in my office loads up my latest software vessel. But the latest load-up reveals a… Read more »

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Cicadas, Tebow, & Comet Kohoutek

Duo Dickinson

  When I heard that zillions of cicadas would emerge to greet the sun in June, have sex and, according to the journal Science, create a “nightmare” of unrelenting cacophony, I had a flashback – not to 1996, or even 1979 but to 1962 –… Read more »

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In Defense of Luhrmann’s ‘Gatsby’

Allie McConnell

  So many people have their vintage panties in a twist about the apparent lack of historical accuracy in Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited interpretation of The Great Gatsby, the novel every high school student in the United States has read.   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has been made into… Read more »

"The Production of Verdi's Falstaff at Milan: Falstaff Concealed in the Buck-Basket in Ford's House" from The Graphic of February 18, 1893.  Engraving by Ettore Tito.  From Wikimedia Commons.

Opera, Pressure Treated Wood and “The Truth”

Duo Dickinson

  -fine arts architecture has left the building   One son loves opera, studies Italian to better appreciate it, and has sung it at the highest collegiate level (in the chorus). This spring he sang in Verdi’s Falstaff, where at the end of the production… Read more »

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The Umbilical Dilemma

Duo Dickinson

  Everyone of a certain age remembers “In Living Color” – the great 1990s weekly comedy TV show that helped launch the careers of the Wayans family – Kim, Shawn, Marlon, and Dwayne as well as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and David Alan Grier.   In… Read more »

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The Real Life Survival Guide: Stuff

Duo Dickinson

  Words have meanings. “Stuff” is both verb and noun, and both its uses have a generically unpleasant sensibility.   Beloved icons of past eras are neither “stuff,” nor do we “stuff” them anywhere. But the last 50 years have created more stuffed stuff than… Read more »

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Erosion Revelation

Duo Dickinson

  Surface and Substance Veneer and Core Order and the Ad Hoc Materiality and Abstraction Sculpture and Craft   On a brief surgical insertion into Venice, I experienced a series of insights caused by unique circumstances of construction, wear, and environment.   Just as our… Read more »

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The American Crawl, or, Happy Pre-Election Day

Joshua L. Durkin

  This November morning, a three-day-old headline was still circulating above the fold on the website of the French paper, Le Monde.   The French, or the French news industry at least, are rather interested in our political nature despite what certain puss-filled warts and… Read more »

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No One “Won” The Debate

Joshua L. Durkin

  It is easy to point out the slight Greek tragedy of a moderating attempt that Jim Lehrer made during Wednesday night’s debate in Colorado between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.   Jim Lehrer, noted for his work on PBS NewsHour,  is… Read more »

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To Kill a Fruit Fly

Joshua L. Durkin

  Few things quietly and unconsciously drive me to act in a bizarre spaced-out state the way that fruit flies do.   In my apartment the fruit fly’s evil happens to be necessary. Necessary not because I need the brainless flying dot-puzzle rejects, but because… Read more »

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Dark Matter: the Mirror to Our Dark Side?

Duo Dickinson

  I recently heard a passing stat on NPR that could not be ignored. A recent science show noted that “dark matter” was 96% of the universe. A quick interwebnets check noted that a book, The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the… Read more »

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Media Musings: Where Are the Aggressive Interviewers?

Joshua L. Durkin

  Earlier last week an oddness took place on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe“. An uncommonly aggressive line of questioning for the morning show was levied at Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.   It was a line of questioning that involved… Read more »

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Magical Thinking

Duo Dickinson

  In February 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama said something that was at once disconcerting and familiar:   “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”   Disconcerting because the words assume mass disconnection from ourselves. Familiar, because the disembodiment from where we actually… Read more »

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Post-Photoshop Crisis, Hearst Receives Shrink Wrap Demand

Stefanie Botelho

  Another Change.org crusade, this round led by Hearst heir Victoria Hearst. Hearst can’t catch a break. Shortly after the dust settled (more or less) around the Seventeen/Photoshop controversy, a new crusade against another female-centric title (Cosmopolitan) began. According to a press statement released this… Read more »

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Lab-Grown Meat Is Not Ethical Meat

Amanda Bloom

  The New York Times Magazine recently held an essay contest for its column “The Ethicist”, inquiring “Why Is It Ethical to Eat Meat?”  The deciding panel chose five finalists and one winner, Jay Bost, a vegan turned conscientious meat-eater, who argued that there are… Read more »

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I Blame You, Bradshaw

Amanda Bloom

  YOU ARE A YOUNGISH MODERN AMERICAN WOMAN.   You are great.  You are fabulous.  You are independent, smart, and respected.   You are single.   Five years down the line you are still single.  Five years after that you are recuperating from a passionate… Read more »

Hook (The Other One)

Robert Rae

by Chris the Ghostbuster Image courtesy of GAC Design IncHandmadeFishHooks.com Chris investigates the Connecticut legend, “The Hook” in Seymour.  And yes, it was a dark and stormy night… by Chris the Ghostbuster On a dark and stormy night, a young couple parks their car outside… Read more »

The Village of Voices

Robert Rae

by Chris the Ghostbuster Chris the Ghostbuster is back!  Join him on a trek into the old town of Bara-Hack in Pomfret, Connecticut. by Chris the Ghostbuster Bonfires burning bright, pumpkin faces in the night…damn right, it’s Halloween.  Ghostbusting is back with a vengeance, just… Read more »