I passed by Star Wars Cover Girl mascara and Star Wars Duracell batteries. “Power your galaxy,” it ordered. My galaxy is fine, Duracell. On television, Star Wars themes champion Jeeps powering through the wilderness and patrons sinking their teeth into Subway subs.Read More
1) Put it in perspective.
Mass shootings may occur on average once a day. But the Spanish Influenza killed 50,000,000 people.
2) A mindfulness coloring book.
Your childhood is over and your innocence gone, but infantilizing yourself can be as easy as purchasing an adult coloring book.
3) Swap out coffee for tea.
Is that horror, or is it just coffee nerves? Try soothing camomile for a week-long coffee cleanse.
4) Make your own scented candles.
Nothing will make you forget the latest in a long stream of mass shootings like a simple candle made of wax, essential oils, and angry tears.
A cost effective option!
6) Get into ambient music.
Many people find music to be therapeutic. Try John Cage’s “4’33”” which features four and a half minutes of soul-crushing silence, performed in three movements.
7) Kitten calendar.
8) Watch Adam Sandler movies.
Can't be worse than watching the news.
9) Contemplate Zen koans.
Can’t be worse than reading the news.
10) Move to another country.
A less cost effective option!
11) Binge watch Netflix.
There’s no gun violence in the new season of Portlandia. That was a guess, but now you have to watch the entire season to find out for sure.
Still, we tattoo his sonnets onto biceps, use his one-liners as epigraphs, and watch DiCaprio’s cigarette wag from his mouth as he plays a Hawaiian-shirt-wearing Romeo. Ours has become a rote worship—or a jaded one.Read More
It started on a day when I felt like I had been sitting in my room at my computer for a bit too long. Particularly one night where I remember being absolutely convinced that I was the Youtube comments section. That my consciousness had just melted into a stream of vulgar nonsense inexplicably linked to whale migration videos. I needed to get out into nature.Read More
I think fairy tales are such beautiful allegories of what it means to be human. My parents read them to me as a child and I read them now as an adult, and I still find them just as poignant and evocative. The various forms of darkness characters are challenged to face in the stories are always precursors to the character’s transformation and liberation. This is something I can relate to, and that I want to present to viewers through my work: death and darkness as catalysts for transformation and a more beautiful experience of life.Read More
We reached the square just after six, the sun not yet risen, the sky dripping indigo across the grey cement faces of the buildings, the backlit images of Che and Fidel watching serenely over the growing crowd.Read More
James Tate died this summer, and sitting in this little spot on the Amtrak reading his poetry reminded me of the way that this kind of raw human life can be injected into poetry. When you read Tate’s books of poetry you feel like you’ve met a million people.Read More
We watch ourselves plenty, maybe too much. We watch how we look, what we eat, when we work, when we play, how we appear to the rest of the Dartmouth world. But we are so caught up in watching ourselves that we don't have time to watch out for each other.Read More
It’s as if I have to pay continuous partial attention so that I don’t miss anything. This pressure means that I, among the masses of my age group, am constantly on my devices. I’ll be on my phone, with my fingers rapidly interacting with the interface with so much automation that the whole process practically precludes conscious awareness. At this point, are my gestures (or even my thoughts) in my own possession anymore?Read More
Bern’s grandfather built the Pennsylvania railroad, but his father squandered the fortune on god knows what, leaving the family impoverished and in Newark, which was problematic for several reasons, though none greater than the fact that in those days being from New Jersey meant that wooing a young and beautiful Upper East Side heiress was a near impossible task.Read More
My dad leaves MSNBC on even when he’s not in the house. I went to a Unitarian Universalist church growing up, where the creed is essentially tolerance for everything. Earlier this summer, I discovered an Obamacare t-shirt lying around the house. We are the smug liberals from Durham, the most tolerant city in the United States. And damn, do we know it.Read More
We don’t know why the library burned, but we all felt the smoke before we could smell it. It pressed down upon us, crushing us in our beds. We silently watched the plume of smoke curl into the sky as the building writhed, melting from form to form in its death throes. It tried to staunch the fire by transforming into a stone castle, but the flames were coming from within.Read More