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Video: Head Over Heels

It’s not often that a student film gets nominated for an Oscar, but such was the case with Head Over Heels, the graduate film of animator Timothy Reckart that went … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Monkey Time

It was a minor soul ballad, though not quite a ballad, or not a ballad at all, that brought Billy the Kid back to life in a dive bar downtown. … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: My Definition of a Boombastic Poetry Style

Going up to bed early on the night before his first day of school for the year our four year old son asks, “Is Daddy coming up too?” and my … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Walt Whitman at the Huntington Malls along Walt Whitman Avenue

. I celebrate myself even amid this sheet-rocked temple of kitsch, even in the asphalt tributaries of traffic in which giant Bentleys bumble like Junebugs through the lesser Hondas of … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Wayward Path to all the Mystic Revelations and Revolutions of the Soul

Walking down New Street in Staunton, Heather, Maggie, Julien, and I are in a line, and lurching toward us are three big guys in big coats, big baggy pants, snapback … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Real Deal

Sometimes when I wake up to a foggy morning in our small town I remember that episode of The Outer Limits where a man who drinks liquor in the morning … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: About the contest industry and bat-shit craziness

A presumption of dandelions Another damned winner to celebrate while we poison dandelions and hardly know how to honor daffodils. Never mind the Lenten rose breaking through the snow, we … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Mrs Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, Explains Religious Freedom

Conservative Christianity Compares Notes with ISIS. Starring America’s Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers.

May 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias

. I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Family Plot

. History of Poetry this afternoon’s brief history of poetry — I take out the trash a hungry robin I know sings for her dinner raisin — Family Plot sis … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: How bad architecture has ruined American life

In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 5 Comments

Jose Padua: Notes for the Coming Revolution

If I were better at facilitating meetings I might have something resembling a career by now. If I could pursue a lifestyle instead of just being alive, my coworkers might … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Marina Abramovic — The Artist is an Explorer

Performance exhibition in 2014 at Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, curated by Marina Abramovic. With the artists Anna Berndtson, Abraham Brody, Rebecca Davis, Yingmei Duan, Paula Garcia, Kira O’Reilly, Lyndsey Peisinger, … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: How to make a clarinet out of a carrot

Linsey Pollak demonstrates how to make a clarinet out of a carrot in less than five minutes. This puts a whole new meaning to the expression “playing with your food.”

May 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

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