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Aesthetics

Good Luxury: In Search of Style + Compassion

Miriam Ava | Posted 09.08.2014 | Style
Miriam Ava

It recently struck me that the marriage of ethics and aesthetics in the premium segment of consumer goods seems to be considered a luxury too extravagant to indulge in by the fashion industry.

The Perception of Design Performance is a Crapshoot

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.07.2014 | Style
Soren Petersen

Do some just have a gift for judging design and are design experts superior at judging a product's performance as compared with lay people? Invitin...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Frederic Rzewski

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never be Defeated is one of those pieces that seems to have popped or plopped out whole and near perfect.

Handel's Messiah: See No Evil, Hear No Evil?

Michael Marissen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Michael Marissen

Rejoicing against Judaism is -- thank God -- neither the whole nor the primary story of Messiah; it is, however, I'm suggesting, a significant forgotten secondary aspect.

Music and Trauma

John Mauceri | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

He played jazz during the war and, fifteen years after it was officially over, he wrote at least one beautiful melody that the world sang in 1962.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

The music world is a tough one for composers, leaving very few standing at the end. That is just the way it is, as sustained genius doesn't come around all that often. I should also add that sometimes great pieces happen at a very young age.

Software Takes Command: An Interview With New Media Theorist Lev Manovich, Part 2

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.23.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Unsuprisingly, given Manovich's stated desire to avoid generalizations about technology, Software Takes Command is most successful when offering a detailed analysis of specific media software.

Software Takes Command: An Interview with New Media Theorist Lev Manovich, Part 1

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Many of us have become daily producers/reproducers of cultural content, and it is technology that has made this possible.

Classical Music 101: Epilogue

John Mauceri | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Before investigating the apparent disappearing audiences for classical music, we might attempt to assess the 20th century itself when it comes to classical music.

Classical Music 101b: There's Nothing to Worry About

John Mauceri | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

The question that remains, and which I shall attempt to answer, is "What happened to classical music?"

Classical Music 101a:Why There's Nothing to Worry About

John Mauceri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

I want to offer a few general thoughts about music - what we call classical music and what it actually is - free of politics and free of esthetic evaluations--and the latter frequently acting as a mask for the former.

5 Skin Tips to Take You From Summer Into Fall

Cassie Fehlen | Posted 12.01.2013 | Style
Cassie Fehlen

Now that fall's officially here, everybody keep your cool -- I'll teach you how to keep that glow even though the humidity in the air has lifted.

On a Budget? Here's How to Improve Your Skincare Routine Without Splurging

Cassie Fehlen | Posted 10.02.2013 | Style
Cassie Fehlen

By understanding what each step of your skincare routine is trying to achieve, you'll understand how just slightly improving the step will make a big impact on your regimen's results. After all, we want to get the most out of those 5 minutes at the sink each morning and night, right?

Meditation for Non-Meditators

Ada Polla | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Ada Polla

I practice active gratefulness. I was recently reminded of the power of gratefulness, and have a renewed commitment to it. Every day, I take time to think about one person, one incident, one thing, that I am grateful for. It is an act that forces me to remember how lucky I am.

Does Eric Garcetti Have the Aesthetic Chops to be Mayor of L.A.?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 04.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Steven Paul Leiva

Sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts does not a good mayor make. But I believe that sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts can make a good mayor better. This is my hope for Eric Garcetti if he goes the distance and becomes the next mayor of Los Angeles.

Justice For Jazz Artists

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 03.23.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

I've been watching the development of the Justice for Jazz Artists (J4JA) movement for a couple of years now. If you haven't heard of this organizat...

Blood Ain't What It Used to Be

John Corso | Posted 12.03.2012 | Detroit
John Corso

How can a substance that denotes death have such spectacular beauty? When we overcome -- or lose -- the cultural tendency to recoil from violence, we see blood's beauty and we marvel at splatter patterns, which recall astronomical formations.

Ruin Porn: As Dirty as You Need It to Be

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.22.2012 | Arts
Richey Piiparinen

2012-06-22-Screenshot20120622at1.15.18PM.jpgIf you aren't from the Rust Belt you need to know something: vacancy lives here. In fact, its ubiquity has granted it a presence in our post-industrial culture.

Improvisation: Vertical Videos Offer iPad Users a New Experience

Christoph A. Geiseler | Posted 07.25.2012 | Media
Christoph A. Geiseler

Smartphones, tablets, and rotating monitors make it possible for users to watch videos in a vertical format that was never possible on conventional screens. Here are 10 tips for filmmakers who want to produce vertical videos.

What Is The Meaning Of Art? A Master Of Arte Povera Gives The Answer

Simona Lodi | Posted 07.15.2012 | Arts
Simona Lodi

Piero Gilardi anticipated later movements, in seeing the aesthetic value of shared space and collaboration -- a value underpinning the open-source, Internet-based nature of tech-art today.

Is Love Really Blind? A New Survey Provides Answers

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 06.12.2012 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Couples need to work on their emotional connection, but paying attention to you physical appearance may ensure that a relationship not only gets off to a good start, but remains strong.

Street Food and Urban Culture

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.12.2012 | New York
Fabio Parasecoli

Both gourmet food trucks and allegedly messy carts are constitutive elements of the NYC foodscape. Any attempt at deciding what category of vendor is better somehow goes against the very spirit of the city.

An Oasis of Ideas at TED 2012

Max Lugavere | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Max Lugavere

Last year, we learned of the dangers of one's "filter bubble." At TED, there is no such danger: The talks are multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary, and always delivered with passion by someone at the top of their game. What's not to love?

5 Religious Concepts That Atheists Can Use

Alain de Botton | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Alain de Botton

In a world beset by fundamentalists of believing and secular varieties, it must be possible to balance a rejection of religious faith with a selective reverence for religious rituals and concepts.

The Zen of Pruning

Linda Buzzell | Posted 03.17.2012 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Where did we get the arrogant idea that we know better than the plant itself how to maximize its productivity and health?