Alex Quirk invites you to explore memory and perception

"In Western thought, the conscious being is often divided into two parts: mind, and body. Senses, and thoughts. Perception, and memory. It seems every conscious thought is rooted in either instantaneous perception or recall. What, then, can be said about a person’s soul if one side of that duality is completely destroyed?" asks Alex Quirk.   [...]

“Only we can tell our stories”: a review of “The Square” and “Winter on Fire”

When the Egyptian revolution occurred in 2011 and the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests followed in Ukraine, unless you were on the ground experiencing the catastrophic political turmoil, it was difficult to begin to comprehend the true sequence of events or how the people were responding to them. Luckily, there is film, and people use film to [...]

New year, same Ms. Lauryn Hill

COLUMBIA, SC It’s an hour til the new year.  The clock is ticking on an empty stage directly in front of the South Carolina State House, where the notorious confederate flag had waved for fifty four years... until 2015 took it down.  A congested and anxious crowd stretches all the way down Main Street as [...]

The revolution will not be televised, will not be tweeted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnJFhuOWgXg My coworker turned to me today and said, “Oh, no. The New York Times. Tamir Rice.” I wish I could say I was surprised at the results: no indictment in the case of a police officer who shot and killed unarmed/toy gun-armed/two-armed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio about two seconds - no exaggeration, [...]

Metaphors, money in politics, and COP21: A global call to local action

Global leaders collected in Paris for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) in early December to resolve collective action on the issue. The Earth’s changing landscapes and the telling experiences of climate refugees are the tangible evidence of three decades of research. The Earth’s conditions are inching [...]

The Frigid, Sonic Landscape of Chief Keef

Slurred, disjointed braggadocio drenched in bouncy, delayed autotune. Punchy ad-libs peppered sporadically like trumpeted staccatos. Synth heavy beats sliding around, as amorphous as a gust of propane that has escaped from a steel tank. All of these and more are characteristic of your average banger issued by Chief Keef, christened Keith Cozart on the 15th [...]