Outsider Art

August 15th, 2012

Everyone’s an artist – or a critic. But don’t assume that a lack of technical skill means a lack of talent. Creative expression matters more, and outsider art has shown collectors that big money can come from some of the most unexpected places. Art collecting is a fascinating hobby, but in most cases it is a rich man’s game – unfortunately, most art lovers don’t have the means to bid on the next Matisse that comes up for auction. Sure, most folks can afford work by lesser-known artists, and local shows are a great place to start, but you sure […]

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The Missing Art Of Traditional Writing

August 10th, 2012

Writing, a traditional form of communication is being gradually losing to computer-generated communication. This has brought advantages no doubt, but has lost so many facets of human touch in this path of transformation. Just by opening the facebook page of my Medical College group, I closely noticed for the first time, at the very top […]

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Review of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

August 9th, 2012

Margaret Atwood, a highly acclaimed Canadian novelist, suffers in the originality department. In this review of ‘Oryx and Crake’, her use of standard narrative structure, language, and themes is criticized. In recent years, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has been widely recognized for her work as a novelist. Among her most popular works are The Blind […]

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Autobiography Vs. Memoir

July 28th, 2012

Autobiographies and memoirs are similar, but have some distinct differences. Knowing the differences can help your understanding while you read… There are many similarities between autobiographies and memoirs, and often only the most discerning reader can tell the difference between the two. Whether you were assigned the book for a class or you picked it […]

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How to Write About Poetry

July 28th, 2012

Most students never really learn how to write about poetry. If you are one of those students, this article will help you with the MLA citations and what language to use when you write about poetry. Students today don’t usually spend much time writing about poetry. Because of this, if they are assigned an essay […]

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Goodbye Ray Bradbury

July 27th, 2012

My tribute to Ray Bradbury. On June 5th, Ray Bradbury died. Ray claimed that his memories stretched back to the womb and one of his stories “The Small Assassin” tapped into that idea. Ray was special to me because he told me I could write, not personally but by setting the example. See, Ray told […]

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Unsung Songs, Haiku: A Composer’s Journal

July 27th, 2012

A Composer’s Journal Entries: June 17- June 27, 2012. The composer begins work on a new chamber music cycle. Image: View from the dock at Windgarth at dawn, facing south. Sunday, June 17 Another hot day, reaching in the eighties. Yesterday I stared out of the windows into the gardens and then decided to plunge […]

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Dinner at an Exhibition: Rat, Prepared Many Ways

July 27th, 2012

Evan Sung for The New York Times Prepping for a dinner at her eponymous gallery on the Lower East Side, Allegra LaViola learns how to skin a rat in her home kitchen. AT first glance the opening and dinner at the Allegra LaViola Gallery on the Lower East Side on Wednesday night looked like any […]

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Art Review: ‘Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000’ at MoMA

July 26th, 2012

Librado Romero/The New York Times Elements from the set of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” part of “Century of the Child,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Childhood, it is often said, is a recent invention. Children used to be treated as small adults to be put to work as soon as possible. Education meant discipline […]

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News Analysis: Warner Brothers and Its Decades of Violent Films

July 26th, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Family films are in the DNA at Walt Disney. Universal Pictures has a weakness for monsters. And Warner Brothers? Its movies have often displayed a violent streak. For decades Warner’s films have frequently put the studio in the middle of a perpetual and unresolved debate over violence in the cinema and in […]

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