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Roland Barthes

Education vs. Edutainment

Bobby George | Posted 11.10.2015 | 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 | Books

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 | Books

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