From history

A lot of searching must be done to find new rules for forming and linking phrases that are able to express the differend…What is at stake in a literature, in a philosophy, in a politics perhaps, is to bear witness to differends by finding idioms for them. -Jean Francois Lyotard, The Differend (pp. 13) This…

Arrows of the Dawn (2013-present) references a series of short essays and manifestos published by the Byrdcliffe Colony, which was a failed Utopian community for artists, started at the beginning of the 20th century in Woodstock, New York. While the founders had high hopes of this being a self-sustaining artist colony in tune with the…

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part of Pretty Boys & Pathos, an ongoing column exploring the men of classic Hollywood In a July 1953 letter to writer Budd Schulberg about casting On the Waterfront, famed director Elia Kazan wrote: “If we don’t get Brando, I’m for Paul Newman. This boy will definitely be a film star. I have absolutely no doubt.…

Ever a lover of thought experiments, my college boyfriend once asked me what, in three words, was my life philosophy. I no longer remember my exact answer, but I’m almost positive it was “Be here now,” a collegiate attempt to live in the moment while simultaneously paying homage to the 1997 Oasis album of the same…