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Postmodernism

Channeling Picasso In The Digital Age

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts

With an eye for sharp-edged abstraction and painterly self-awareness, artist Heimo Zobernig conjures the creative spirit of Pablo Picasso in the digit...

Artist's Statements of the Old Masters

John Seed | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

An Old Master working today would definitely need some strong postmodern language to support his/her "artistic practice." Here are some samples of the kinds of "Artist's Statements" that I think would be required of European Old Masters if they tried to get a show in New York or Los Angeles today.

Our Subjects Pick Us: Cynthia Atkins Talks About Love, Loss and Poetry

Loren Kleinman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

For me, writing, art, and music are sanctuary. It is the place I go to ask the questions. There are not always answers, but there is comfort and growth in re-shaping experience into the archive of language, where I can ponder and examine it.

Exchange Religion for Faith

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We can't own the truth. No particular tribe has a patent on it. It hovers somewhere out there in the middle, between all the oppositions that bedevil our societies right now.

Ben Affleck, Batman and Us: A Spiritual Reflection on the Backlash

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

What would our lives and our world look like if we became more open to each other's stories and each other's interpretations? What if we accepted multiple ways of viewing even those narratives and myths about which we feel most passionate, or with which we most vehemently disagree?

Welcoming Unitarian Universalists Home to Humanism

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Many UU leaders and quite a few individual congregations have openly moved away from viewing a humanist approach, free from theistic declarations, as the appropriate neutral philosophical place for all UUs to convene. It hasn't gone unnoticed, but the issue rarely gets addressed directly and openly. It's time for that to change.

Once the Obama Narrative Implodes, Reality Breaks Through

Bill Frezza | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

That it has taken a trifecta of scandals to awaken the minions of the press to their duty speaks volumes on how successfully prevailing narratives define what the public accepts as truth.

Toward Churches In the Green: Postmodern, Post-Christian Possibilities for Faith in the Future

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

What might a truly sustainable church (a "church in the green") look like? By sustainable, I don't mean, of course, what people usually mean when they say "self-sustaining." I'm talking about a radically intentional effort.

Colonizing Abstraction: MoMA's Inventing Abstraction Show Denies Its Ancient Global Origins

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Shouldn't the most authoritative of our cultural institutions, certainly those renown globally, be so sensitive as to represent the history of international art with the like mindedness of diplomats to mitigating the injuries historically wrought by political and cultural colonizations?

Why My Evangelical College Shouldn't Do Away With The Philosophy Department

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

If you want your students to know Jesus, you might start by looking for things that Jesus said he cared about, like learning to love your neighbor. Because that's what happened in philosophy classes when I was at Cedarville.

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...

Postmodernism And The Future Of Evangelical Theology And The Christian Church

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Common folks within the church now read the Bible for themselves to decipher what is truth. The church was pushed out of the business of having the trademark of truth. The biggest challenge for the church now is postmodernism.

Shaky Politics, Shaken Bond

Jordan Mainzer | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Jordan Mainzer

Skyfall absolutely nails what might be called "the Zeitgeist." In fact, the film's tension between old and new is encapsulated most and best by its use of architecture, because the architecture interacts with and mirrors the characters themselves.

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.

Postmodern Stress Disorder

Landon Ross | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Landon Ross

It's a strategy that has for the most part gone unpenalized by a media which seems resigned to playing sportscaster when its real duty is referee, having manacled itself with the irrelevance that comes in the service of "balance."

A Two Party System for World Politics

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 11.23.2012 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Looking forward to the day when the far right nightmare of a global social order looms larger on the horizon of the possible than it does now -- here's a modest proposal for how world politics might be organized during the transition.

Ernesto Burgos at Kate Werble Gallery

Kari Adelaide | Posted 08.01.2012 | Arts
Kari Adelaide

Quizzical and daring, Burgos' work occupies a tensely coiled line between the temporal fact of the everyday and timeless potentiality.

A Gameplan on Basketball and Postmodernism

Joe Faina | Posted 08.08.2012 | Sports
Joe Faina

A pick and roll is a strategy where one player moves toward a teammate's defender to set a "pick," obstructing the defender's ability to follow their original player leaving them free to move about the floor. This is akin to negotiating tensions between agency and structure.

The War on Women... and the War Within Women

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Debold

"Femininity" is women's past, and "feminism" is our present. What I mean by this is not what you might think -- I'm not pitting family and children against career and culture, or wanting a push-up bra versus wearing no bra.

Science, a Force for Freedom and Human Rights

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 06.20.2012 | Science
Shawn Lawrence Otto

That a Chinese astrophysicist's passing is noted in a prestigious American literary journal is a testament to how Fang Lizhi crossed boundaries between the two cultures of humanities and science, and was much admired, even loved, in both.

The Physicist and the Porn Star

Max Raskin | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home
Max Raskin

The trouble with creative writing classes in the modern university is they do not teach writing. Pop-cultural analysis, pop-psychology, and pop-philosophy are discussed, while how to write a compelling sentence is not.

No Absolutes: A Shyster's Dream World

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Don't ferret the truth -- because there is no truth. There are only positions and opinions and feelings and beliefs. One opinion is just as valid as the other in the rudderless sea and the clowns have tied down the anchor.

Storied Nature Of Human Nature

William Grassie | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

By my rough estimation, we spend perhaps 50 percent or more of our waking hours in storytelling. Humans make stories but, in some sense, we are also made by our stories.

Art, Love, & Politics In The 1980s

Posted 03.15.2012 | Arts

While pop culture makes the 80s out to be all bad perms, neon, and saccharine pop songs, on a deeper level this was a profoundly transformative decade...

The Many Faces Of Cindy Sherman

Posted 02.24.2012 | Arts

Cindy Sherman's photographs are anonymous autobiographies. By taking on the roles of author, director, make-up artist, hairstylist, wardrobe mistress ...