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From Sending Men to the Moon to Hosting Trump

Vanilla Kalai Anandam | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Vanilla Kalai Anandam

Photo courtesy from left to right: ZDNet, Vanilla Kalai Anandam London may have elected its first Muslim mayor but conservative America is still stu...

Should Darth Vader Sit at Hercules' Table?

Alexandre Stipanovich | Posted 01.26.2017 | Science
Alexandre Stipanovich

Each civilization need to create their own myths and doing so they set a new stage of ghosts, heroes, and forms that are more in tune with the contemporary. This also fulfill their need to shape the future, and express their idea of modernity.

Education vs. Edutainment

Bobby George | Posted 11.10.2016 | Education
Bobby George

If we are to take children seriously, and not just apply the model of edutainment to education, it will be with a realignment of the ways in which we think about learning itself.

Punctum. Reflections on Photography (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts

Curated by Séamus Kealy, the exhibition takes its cue from the term "punctum," which was coined by the French philosopher Roland Barthes. "Punctum" refers, for example, to a striking detail in the photograph that captivates the viewer.

Happy Birthday, Cy Twombly!

Posted 04.25.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of American artist, Edwin Parker Twombly, Jr., better know as Cy. The well-known painter and sculptor, whose work existed somewh...

Lady Gaga: An Avatar for Our Times?

Gillian Schutte | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Gillian Schutte

Gaga is an icon that is not meant to be understood or defined. Certainly, she has done more to engage the world in a speculative debate about what she is than any of her predecessors who, though complex, were much easier to pigeonhole. Gaga, it seems, is indefinable.

Nick Hornby: Uniquely Referential (VIDEO) | Posted 09.27.2013 | Arts


Crazy Tape Creations

Posted 02.15.2012 | Arts

Usually tape is used to connect surface A to surface B. But Brooklyn based artist Rebecca Ward lets tape's image hold supreme importance, bringing a n...

A Brief History Of Writers Who Died Untimely Deaths | Posted 08.24.2011 | Home

We recently read Rachel Maddux’s essay “Here with the Windies” about the sudden, shocking death of Margaret Mitchell back in 1949 (she was hit b...

Robbers, Traitors, Werewolves And A Jackass

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Our Kind Of Traitor" By John LeCarre Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Inevitably it is also about loyalty, honesty and bravery, and their often crucial role...