today i want to address something that continues to weigh heavily on my mind: the inherent problem of history, which is the very way it’s been told. it has risen like an endless wave, starting from something small—a phoenician ship that washes up on a roman shore. a group of seamen know a carthaginian sail, … Continue reading oc2
because 'art' can be a reductive notion, i've decided to start a new 'thread' (if you will) on culture in general. the word 'culture' suggests a myriad of things--it could range from having heavily religious implications to referring to the creative or industrial production of a society. even within the productive sector, different subcultures emerge: … Continue reading oc1
first time. in december, i left my lover in canada and flew to a sunny place for the winter. for the six years preceding, we hadn't been apart for more than a month or two at a time, and what is 'apart' in an era with smartphones and wifi? we hadn't ever actually truly been … Continue reading ol3
hey friends. it's been a while. as much as i love love, i've been thinking about art a lot lately. in our last class, the professor asked us what we would do, culturally, to get people politically engaged, to encourage people to become politically functional citizens. some people suggested that we make 'the masses', or … Continue reading oa3
what is the social significance of art? when I say ‘art’ here, i mean all creative endeavours, from literary novels and poetry to painting and film. basically, all things ‘cultural’. where, if ever, do culture and reality collide, and what is the resulting impact? as i ask this, i wonder how narrow, or wide, the scope of what we consider culture can be.
some say the greeks had 8 words for love. some say they had 7, others 4, still others 6. but the underlying idea is that these emotions were identified as being distinct from one another, rather than permutations of the one. but the ancient greeks were pagans, and just as love was separated into several entities, so was god himself.
we're reading a book this week by hebdige on subcultures in the 50s and 60s, mostly 'punk' or some derivative of it, and how they used style to make a statement. there are rastafarians, teddy boys, mods and rockers, beats, skinheads and punks, all using style as a form of resistance, using the potentials of … Continue reading oa1
the first time i fell in love, i was four, and it was with a boy named zeus. he was my cousin, and i knew we were meant to be because both our names started with the letter 'z'. zara and zeus. zaraandzeus. we were almost one name, one person - but he was - bad.. he was … Continue reading ol1
i'm zara.my interests include art and love.i'm a literature student, and am engaged to my best friend.not in a corny way - we actually are best friends,we grew up across the street from one another, did everything together and told each other everything for years,fell in love eventually, somehow, years ago,and now we're getting married! … Continue reading welcome