Shaking Swift

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, music
Shaking Swift

We all feel the urge to take broken-hearted adolescents and shake them out of their sullen, self-involvement. David Rees attempts to do just that to the forlorn adolescent par excellance, Taylor Swift, in her jilted lament, “I Knew You Were Trouble” by blending it with Aphex Twin.

This year’s Sheppy winners

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Cuny Jschool
This year’s Sheppy winners

October 21, 2014   Print Best News Story Under 500 Words 1. Rosa Goldensohn: Strand Books Used Sprinklers to Douse Homeless, Employees Say 2. Rebecca Bratek: House, Senate fail to agree on VA spending bill as August recess nears 3. Natalie Fertig: Soccer super-fan falls from window of Miami bar as U.S. surrenders last-second goal   Best News […]

Tattoo homage

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Art and Entertainment
Tattoo homage

In short, the tattoo takes a genre of tattoo that frequently feels like a caricature of itself, the romantic homage, and manages to endow it with personal character, cultural significance and emotional depth.

Words on Pictures

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, criticism, Media

By Oliver Morrison “The 50 Year Argument” Directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi The New York Review of Books has been a titan of the American intellectual world for the last 50 years. Some of the best minds have sharpened their most provocative ideas in its pages. But the movie Martin Scorsese made with […]

The south suffers no more war casualties than other regions

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Data practice
The south suffers no more war casualties than other regions

The American South often comes out at the bottom of economic indicators and many people think poor areas, such as those in the south, suffer more deaths during times of conflict than rich areas. But in spite of their higher levels of poverty, southern states did not suffer an extraordinary amount of casulties in the […]

Andrew Cuomo’s Campaign money comes from expected places

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Data practice

Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for governor has received the greatest share of its money from the places you would expect it: the wealthier, urban parts of New York. Over $13.1 million of his $16.5 million in contributions came from within New York State. And within the state, his contributions came from the places you would expect: […]

100 Ways to Die

By Oliver Morrison Sarah Ruhl, one of the most iconoclastic and successful modern playwrights, has invented a new style of non-fiction. The title takes two full breaths to say: “100 Essays I don’t have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children and Theater.” Although the essays themselves are […]

Extended adolescence or new age of wisdom?

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Art and Entertainment

A.O. Scott has been developing this extended adolescent thesis for awhile now, but never in such a sweeping way. When it was confined to summer blockbusters and Apatow comedies, it felt persuasive. But now that he’s carrying the argument so much further, to our whole cultural moment, it needs closer scrutiny.

What’s going on at Wash U in St. Louis?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Diversity, Education, Inequality
What’s going on at Wash U in St. Louis?

I saw this NYtimes Upshot article and infographics today and it seemed striking to me, so soon after Ferguson, that Wash U. in St. Louis is such an outlier among colleges with lots of resources for not providing space for students from income backgrounds. Maybe if the most well resourced college in the area were […]