I woke up this morning to the rapid rumble of children’s feet on the ceiling. Moments later, I heard their laughter outside the window. Our upstairs neighbor girls keep a small trampoline in the yard behind the building, and they play under the cherry tree that I’ve taken so many pictures of. I watch their … Continue reading What it’s like to be loved lately
Our lives were brought together by places. Diana danced into the basement of Putnam Hall the first night of my sophomore year at K-State. We had grown up in the same city, had dozens of mutual friends, but had not met until that night. Minutes after we began talking, she snapped this photo of me. … Continue reading Diana and me and the Butterfly House
In a beautiful coincidence, I have to watch this, my all-time favorite movie, for a class discussion on my birthday. Professor Tinkcom asks us to consider how sci-fi shapes cultural perceptions of science and technology. This is my response essay, and it was damn hard to write. Memory and the Myth of the Individual There is … Continue reading “Blessed are the forgetful….”
Here are some videos I’ve made, in no particular order. I like them, and maybe you will too.
This post first appeared on the blog for Dr. Linda Garcia’s course “Networks and the Creative Process” at Georgetown University. We discussed the relationship between society and creativity in consideration of Weimar Germany.
In the first pages of Peter Gay’s book “Weimar Culture: Outsiders as Insiders” I was most struck by this descriptive phrase: “exiles… did their greatest work in enforced residence on alien soil.” The names of these exiles are not so foreign to us: Albert Einstein, Erich Fromm, and the sociologists of the Frankfurt School. This prompted me to think about what it means to be a social outsider, and how that often fuels creativity.