In this essay I would like to address a certain myth: great art is said to be timeless and universal, transcending the contingent circumstances of its own genesis and speaking to men across the ages. In other words, the fruits of genius are ahistorical.Read More
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.
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