Category Archives: Essay

How to review a show – a manifesto ver 0.2*

NOTE: This is a manifesto-in-progress. It’s not righteous or applicable to everyone. It’s just something I’m working on for myself, to help me (as an artist) better process what I see others creating and to avoid what, to me, are nigh-inescapable eddies of snark, condescension, bitterness, and posturing that come from discussing art. Enjoy, steal, [...]

How to review a show – a manifesto ver 0.1

NOTE: This is a manifesto-in-progress. It’s not righteous or applicable to everyone. It’s just something I’m working on for myself, to help me (as an artist) better process what I see others creating and to avoid what, to me, are nigh-inescapable eddies of snark, condescension, bitterness, and posturing that come from discussing anything from downtown [...]

Hostages and cannibals make me want to buy your snack product. (TV ads as hyperactive literary analysis)

M&Ms commercials have always bothered me a little. There’s a loveability to the anthropomorphized, walking/talking CGI candies to be sure, but there’s no getting around their looming demise. So to say that we identify with the protagonists is immediately to say that we understand just how little their lives are valued by their surrounding society. [...]

TLC sure does broadcast some crazy mess

The good folks at Urlesque brought up the point “the History, Discovery and Learning Channels are no longer anything like they used to be.” It’s something I’ve thought a lot about over the last 20 or so years: channels starting as one thing and then evolving into just another branded set of letters to pitch [...]

These things disappoint me.

I spent yesterday morning being angry (actually & viscerally angry) at Sarah Palin for her “blood libel” speech. My emotions disappointed me. I read comment after comment from my predominantly liberal friends on Twitter last week trying to direct the blame for the Giffords shooting at Republicans, effectively turning an IRL tragedy into self-oblivious attacks [...]

That’s not an art. THIS is an art.

Letters of Note posted this 1960 letter from comedian Steve Allen to Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff, following Hentoff’s article questioning negative reviews of not-yet-legendary comic Lenny Bruce. A couple of things held my attention: 1) Art is taste to the public, but community to the artists; 2) Steve Allen not only promotes his autobiography [...]

Brooklyn New Yorkers: it could have been worse

Today, in two-day old news, there’s the notion that the New Jersey Nets are thinking of becoming the Brooklyn New Yorkers. The name, the domain, and three trademark logos have been registered through various outlets. There’s no telling who put these out there, and it’s equally likely to be a hoax, a reality, or a [...]

Changing the game one irrelevant rule at a time

This tv spot for 1800 tequila has been around for more than a year, I believe, and yet I’m continually fascinated by its utterly ridiculous sales pitch: the bottle cap doubles as a shot glass. A couple of things: What kind of person who drinks tequila doesn’t already have a shot glass? Or rather, what [...]

Panasonic Lumix: because nothing is art anymore.

An admittedly funny spot (“How did you compensate for the diminished light?” “Very well. Thank you.”), Panasonic plays up the generations-old stereotype of all art snobbery as wine-sniffing receptions to admire the emperor’s fancy new robes. And while I’d like to not get huffy about the simplemindedness of these phony photography aficionados, I would like [...]

“Heaven Is For Real”

Apparently a FOX News clip from AthiestMediaBlog: To say that I do not believe an ounce of this story would be to ignore the bigger picture. Truth of religion, particularly the most personal Truths, aren’t really debatable. Certainly ongoing discussion, soul-searching, knowledge, and the like are critical parts to understanding yourself and your core values/beliefs. [...]

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