Reality through Art in Synecdoche, New York

Charlie Kaufman’s postmodern film Synecdoche, New York, is on one hand incredibly realistic, with an obsessive portrayal of the mundane, the everyday, the almost-disgusting banal, as if these aspects of our lives are important to the larger picture. But – on the other hand – Synecdoche’s main character, Caden, tries desperately to piece together a … More Reality through Art in Synecdoche, New York

America’s Mis-Structured Education

Yesterday, Marco Rubio posted a video for his presidential campaign titled America’s Education System Needs A Disruption. In it, the Republican candidate cites key criticisms of America’s current educational system – the rising costs of tuition that lack successful conversion into actual jobs being one of them – while also laying out some of the core motivations … More America’s Mis-Structured Education

The Strengths and Struggles of Young Art, Today

Pablo Picasso once said “art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.” He said this in the 1920s, after he had already cemented himself as a piece of art history, after his successful start of the Cubism movement, after he had claimed his sovereignty over the current … More The Strengths and Struggles of Young Art, Today

“Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Do memories define who we are? Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Christopher Nolan’s Memento each explore this question, though the final conclusions about the relationship between memory and identity are not as neatly aligned as the tools which present their respective answers to the audience. Both films give a philosophical position … More “Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders” -Friedrich Nietzsche