Making Art In Times Like These

In times like these, creating art is different than it ever has been before. Social media has not only connected us with the ideas, issues and struggles of the entire world, which in and of itself is an overwhelming thought, it has but also given each moment of pain and injustice a sense of pulse-pounding urgency. “If we don’t stop this here and now, what will happen tomorrow?”

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The Creative Problem With Nostalgia

Whether it is the electrifying adventure of Jurassic Park, the cosy whimsy of Mary Poppins or the wide-eyed wonder of Star Wars, the feelings evoked by the originals are being distilled and repackaged under similar names...only something doesn't feel quite right. Nostalgic storytelling, just like nostalgic living, very rarely feels like anything more than a reproduction or rejection of the original.

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My Month in Media | April 2018

In April, my top treats were a movie about all the superheroes, a book about two teenagers learning to kill in a future society (trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds) and a podcast about theme parks. In My Month in Media, I share the best in entertainment I took in over the last 30 days or so.

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Can We Stop Pretending That Abortion is About Laws and Politics?

On Friday, hundreds of thousands will march in Washington in a pro-life demonstration called The March For Life. This will be the 45th time that abortion protesters fill the streets of Washington, D.C. I've even participated on multiple occasions. But I've come to wonder whether this is actually moving us toward a worthy goal. If the goal is to end abortion, is focused energy on laws and convincing politicians the best use of our time? Is single-issue voting helpful or hurtful in this pursuit?

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New Year's Resolutions -- Go Where Creativity Blooms

Our mid-to-late twenties are the years during which we begin to make our mark, to hone our voice, to decide who we are going to be, and what we are going to give the world. So as many millennials return to work on January 2nd, my hope for your new year is that you flock to a place where you are appreciated and acknowledged. To a place where your creativity is given the care and attention it deserves.

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Your Perception Is Not My Reality

After a year fraught with social and political tension that doesn't seem to be easing up, I wonder whether it is less our ideas and more the way we express them that has set people at odds. If a person expresses an opinion as an absolute truth, and I see things a different way, then either I am wrong, or they are, and one of our opinions has to win out. What if we spoke differently?

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Non-spoiler Review

After years of anticipation and speculation, which began as the credits rolled on opening night for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the second film in the newest trilogy about space wizards and laser swords has landed in theaters. And if people came away from Episode VII with a feeling of "right but I've seen a lot of that before, so...blah," first of all, relax and enjoy life a little, and secondly, Episode VIII is the film you've been waiting for.

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