Gorillaz’s Hallelujah Money, Weaponized Creativity

Nathan Le Master January 23, 2017 In ancient Athens, it was the during the tyrannical Rule of Thirty after the Peloponnesian War, from which came the cultural critic, Socrates. In China, it was against the backdrop of The Warring States Period, where civil collapse goaded thinkers into formulating different ways to structure our lives, of which Confucianism, Legalism, and Taoism, were three amongst many. And more recently, it was the Nixon presidency … Continue reading Gorillaz’s Hallelujah Money, Weaponized Creativity

Trump and The Russian Connection: Political Arm Wrestling

Nathan Le Master January 15, 2017 The story of Trump’s bromance with Putin keeps on spinning and spinning around the news cycle’s merry-go-round. Lines are being drawn, and teams are being drafted. In one corner you have a weird coalition consisting of Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, most Democrats, some Republicans, the liberal media, spearheaded by the CIA’s determination to paint Donald Trump as a pawn … Continue reading Trump and The Russian Connection: Political Arm Wrestling

Gjon Mili and the Mannequin Challenge: The Amusement of Capturing Lightning in a Bottle

Nathan Le Master December 31, 2016 “Time could truly be made to stand still. Texture could be retained despite sudden violent movement.” -Gjon Mili When thinking about the earliest photographs in the history of photography, you probably conjure up images of daguerreotypes of stuffily dressed men and women wearing Victorian scowls. Or those B&W pictures of fifteen people lined up, where one face is blurred because … Continue reading Gjon Mili and the Mannequin Challenge: The Amusement of Capturing Lightning in a Bottle

A Hunger Artist, Starving for Art’s Sake

Nathan Le Master October 4, 2016 Adapt or risk marginalization; this is the main premise to Franz Kafka’s A Hunger Artist. Taking the starving artist trope literally, it is a sad story about an individual’s dying art of self inflicted starvation, and the consequences of remaining stubbornly fixed to your craft. The artist initially brings out massive crowds of onlookers of all ages. He is … Continue reading A Hunger Artist, Starving for Art’s Sake

This Way for the Execution Ladies and Gentlemen: 10 Sadistic Ways to Go

Nathan Le Master September 28, 2016 The Mona Lisa, democracy, Tesla motors, vaccines, space travel, the Great Pyramids, Infinite Jest. There is no cap to human creativity. We invent. We tinker. We create. We excel in every field we put our mind to, from art to zoology. As the anecdote goes, James Joyce spent a day working on Ulysses with only two sentences to show for … Continue reading This Way for the Execution Ladies and Gentlemen: 10 Sadistic Ways to Go

Duterte and the Bud Dajo Massacre

At the East Asia Summit last Friday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte took the opportunity to shock an audience of world leaders with the infamous black and white photograph of the 1906 Bud Dajo Massacre, depicting American soldiers posing proudly in a volcano crater littered with hundreds of corpses. In the wake of the president’s extrajudicial killings that has seen the deaths of more than 2,000 … Continue reading Duterte and the Bud Dajo Massacre

Summer Sheep Baa Nah: An Ode to NYC Summertime

Summer Sheep Baa Nah New York summer heat, The heat that hugs you With wool blankets Even when you said you’ve had enough. But I’m not cold, you say. The summer’s sheep baa nah. Their wooly exteriors need shearing. Will you be the one that deprives them of this pleasure? One of the few summer sheep pleasures. Do it for these burdened made-up sheep. Sheep … Continue reading Summer Sheep Baa Nah: An Ode to NYC Summertime