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“…I had to write this paper right, what is the relationship between colonial ideology and representation, and I thought I don’t care, I don’t know and I don’t care…” — lê thi diem thúy

Everyone has said something like this at least once in their life. Whether it be in school or at a job, everyone has muttered the words “I don’t know and I don’t care.” In this particular case of “I don’t care,” lê thi diem thúy was tasked with writing an academic paper but kept on being swept into stories and songs from her…


Caspar David Friedrich — Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818)

Almost every time we read a story, they are all different in some way or another. Every story has a different setting, conflict, or purpose. But these stories are all built in a similar way in that we follow the journey of the people that traverse through this unique world and face their unique conflicts. An author’s way of getting their message across to readers is through these characters and their journey. This message will then inspire the readers to make meaningful connections with other experiences they’ve had, come up with their own message, and then share that message with…


photo [CC BY-SA 2.0] 2018 by Ted Eytan

A Grandma walks into a restroom at Sears and starts washing her feet. The other women in the restroom protest and “a clash of civilizations [brews] in the Sears bathroom.” Obviously, the other women in this situation are in the wrong and they should have just swallowed their pride and tolerated the other person’s culture whatever it may be. Doing so results in a more diverse community with more diverse ideas which is a win for everyone, therefore this is the best course of action right? While it is a step in the right direction, we can go even further…


image [CC BY-NC 2.5] 2015 by Matt Might in “The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

Standing on the shoulders of giants. This phrase is most commonly known from Issac Newton who, in writing a letter to his rival Robert Hooke, wrote “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” He means that his contributions to the world of science and philosophy do not stem from his mind alone, but from the collective knowledge of all his predecessors giving him a jumping-off point into the unknown.

As someone who has had the job of studying these people and their contributions, it is easy to lose sight of what…


image [CC BY-NC 2.5] 2015 by Matt Might in “The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

Standing on the shoulders of giants. This phrase is most commonly known from Issac Newton who, in writing a letter to his rival Robert Hooke, wrote “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” He means that his contributions to the world of science and philosophy do not stem from his mind alone, but from the collective knowledge of all his predecessors giving him a jumping-off point into the unknown. As someone whose job it is to learn about these great people and their contributions, it is easy to lose sight of…


image 2020 by flovry in Channel 12

In the age of the internet, it has become increasingly easy to become swamped underneath the constant stream of information and news with most of the news people read being negative. And for kids that have most of their lives revolving around the internet, they are extremely susceptible to this. Growing up in this age constantly hearing about every school shooting, every hate crime, and every societal issue can leave kids feeling hopeless about the world. This is where video games come in. As Ananya Udaygiri says in her essay “How Animal Crossing Will Save Gen Z” when kids play…


60 years ago, Ed Ruscha started noticing something that a majority of people wouldn’t even give a second thought about apartment buildings. He started taking pictures of those apartments and he soon published those pictures in a book called Some Los Angeles Apartments. When looking at the pictures in the book we can see a pattern start to appear. A majority of apartment buildings seem to take on the same style of square buildings with their names in an eccentric and hard to read font. …


image [cc-by-4.0] 2014 by Wellcome Images

“…at the time of her death in 2004, Agnes Martin claimed not to have read a newspaper in over 50 years.”

hearing this quote from The Anthropocene Reviewed: Works of Art by Agnes Martin and Hiroyuki Do I immediately asked myself a plethora of different questions. At first, it was a “What?” in amazement and disbelief, then it transformed into a “Why would she do that?”, finally morphing into a “How could she live like that?”. A few minutes of contemplation went by and my brain and I had come up with a couple of potential answers to our own…


Left: Photo [cc-by-2.0] 2011 by David Schott Right: Photo [cc-by-sa 3.0] 2010 Jimmy Tan

60 years ago, Ed Ruscha started noticing something that a majority of people wouldn’t even give a second thought about: apartment buildings. He started taking pictures of those apartments and he soon published those pictures in a book called Some Los Angeles Apartments. When looking at the pictures in the book we can see a pattern start to appear. A majority of apartment buildings seem to take on the same style of square buildings with their names in an eccentric and hard to read font. …


Photo 2021 by me

When I first laid eyes on “Mend” by Nathaniel Mary Quinn, my eyes were immediately drawn to that abstract collage of facial features. However, education from school told me that I had to look at and pay attention to the other features of this portrait like the long, chiseled neck, the color of the collared sweater, or the plants against the dark background. But the longer I looked at this painting the more I realized that Quinn wanted my eyes to be drawn to that collage. Quinn wanted my instincts to clash with my education just like how the pieces…

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