Posts tagged Analysis
Die Anywhere Else: On Night In the Woods, the Nostalgic and the Traumatic

There is a bit of generational discourse that forms the backbone of the plot. The older generation knew prosperity, they knew the value of a hard day's work and that if you put in your time you should get what is due to you. The younger generation knew only the loss of that prosperity, a town where local institutions close down, where jobs are few and far between.

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Doing Art: Some Ways to Unshackle Creativity

These are not the steps to creativity, nor are they merely tools that you use as you proceed in your own acts of creation. They are options that I hope you can make use of as you work on your art. Anyone who purports to offer you a foolproof guide to creativity is just as suspect as someone who is offering you a foolproof guide to critical thinking. Anyone you believe on this topic is going to (unintentionally?) sabotage you.

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Crafting a Healthy Masculinity (Part 3): On Jeffrey Epstein, Incels, and the Quest for Status

A man like Jeffrey Epstein satisfies his desires flagrantly and nauseatingly because he believes his status protects him from repercussion. A man like Elliott Rodger commits a mass murder because he feels he has been shamed. The cause common to the two incidents is status, and a lack of concern for women and their autonomy and safety is just the vector, not the cause.

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Complex Pleasures: A Litmus Test for Art

One of the most fundamental questions of aesthetics is “what is art?” and it would be a misstep to not try to cover that in our writing on the subject. In discussion with Edgar, we happened upon a potential definition – “something intentionally created, in larger part, for aesthetic value instead of practical utility.” Of course, we have to explore the concept of “aesthetic value” there.

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