Baldwin + Dewey Draft

Societies never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is a lover's war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real - James Baldwin, The Creative Process For what is the faith of democracy... Continue Reading →

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Poetry Draft (working title)

Adrienne Rich's essay Notes Toward a Politics of Location examines how 'place' is influential on artists, particularly poets. Starting with one's body, she works her way out, from micro to macro, and examines the relationship between color, gender, and place. "I was born not only female and white, but Jewish- enough for geographic location to have played,... Continue Reading →

Identity Crisis

A few days after September 11th, I remember two boys fighting on my school bus. These two often fought but today was different. They usually would hurl insults back and forth until the bus driver intervened or a few fists would replace the words. On this day, it was easy to tell one boy just... Continue Reading →

Does Democracy Breed Indulgence?

In What Spirits the Americans Cultivate the Arts focuses on comparing the role of production and fine arts in aristocracies vs democracies, how class impacts perception of value, and materialism. Tocqueville maintains that democratic people value utility over aesthetic, stating "They will habitually prefer the useful to the beautiful, and they will require that the... Continue Reading →

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