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Introduction to meeshelle’s Primer 

Meeshelle is curious about culture, politics, and power. In her work she shows interest in the tensions and ambiguities between agency and determinacy; of humans and of art itself. She's very conversant in theater, and many other branches of aesthetic criticism. She speaks with familiarity of any number of artists, philosophers, and thinkers, and she …

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M is for Marx’s Beard 

I've been wanting to do a post on Karl Marx for awhile because I've been looking into Marxist theory a lot this semester; however, because of my lack of time, and also a slight laziness to cite actual sources, instead I present something almost as good. Ode to Karl Marx's Beard How to praise such …

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M is for Motivation 

In graduate school we don’t seem to have a term for “senior.” Yet, it being the end of my last semester here I seem to have mild case of what in high school or undergrad would be called “senioritis.” Being at the crossing line, I feel I have lost most of my motivation to complete …

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M is for Monochrome 

Monochrome paintings are the ones where people tend to exclaim, a painted white canvas I could do that! It's not Art! This is silly. I understand why one would want to say that, sure of course they could paint anything they wanted a single color but they didn't in 1918, there wouldn't be the same …

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M is for Map 

M is for Map Toby Lester wrote an intriguing book about the first map that showed what we now call North and South America. In his book Lester details how conceptions of the world altered as technology and circumstances allowed cartographers to explore. For medieval Europeans, maps pictured Jerusalem at the center of the world. …

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M is for Morning Practice 

Currently, my "morning practice" involves 1) refusing to get out of my bed 2) checking my emails 3) reading the New York Times and the Post and 4) checking Facebook and Instagram (both wastes of time, the latter less so). However, I want my morning practice to involve 1) stretching on my yoga mat (Oh …

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M is for Deadlines 

As we discussed in our second to last class, procrastination is the true catalyst of invention. Some creative projects are borne from inspiration, but many are borne from duress. But these restrictions may not all be negative - constraints and structure are helpful for many creative endeavors. Looking to my own experiences: when I moved …

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M is for Modern Poetry 

A Tree in Bloom How do I let you meet me, At my most beautiful moment, For this, I beseeched the Buddha for five hundred years, I beseeched Him to let us meet in earthly life. Buddha lets me becomes a tree, Growing on the roadside that you pass by every day. Under the sunlight, …

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M is for Magnolia 

Equanimity dissipated weeks ago. My undergraduate honors thesis, which explores idealized love in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale, was due in a few days: On the first day of spring, I believe. I had to finish chapter three, compose the conclusion, and revise everything. Nobody was on campus because undergraduates had spring …

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M is for Metaphor 

  ? At a superficial level, metaphor is perhaps an idiom of sorts, whereby the collision of incongruous imagery requires a higher mode of thought to come to terms with its illogical nature. We take pleasure in riddling out these unlikely interactions. A good metaphor instills a rapid oscillation in our brains between truth and …

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M is for Mistake 

1. In school, we are typically taught to rectify our mistakes, lessen them. Fewer and fewer mistakes will get you higher grades on a math test. Making more mistakes lowers your score. The negativity attached to mistakes is obvious. 2. What should we be teaching students about mistakes? Elementary school teaches us mistakes are bad, …

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M is for the Mysteries of the Universe (and for Metaprimer) 

As I take this selfie walking to the train station on a bright 60-degree afternoon a day after it flurried, as I type this primer entry on my iPhone and try to figure out how the hell to publish it from my iPhone, I'm pondering the paradox of the apprehension of aesthetic experience killing aesthetic …

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M is for Music 

Just saying music is extremely general, but what I really want to talk about is the idea of the battle between “pop” music and either classical or jazz, and the whole idea of can some types of music be more “valuable” or considered “better” art then others. This brings into the play the notions of …

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M is for Metropolis 

I do tend to agree with many of Simmel’s points within his essay, “The Metropolis and Mental Life.” The prevailing point of his essay seems to distinguish the intellectual life of the metropolis as opposed to the emotional aspect common to smaller communities. Human interactions within the city, as Simmel stated, do seem to be …

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M is for Motor Memory 

A few months ago, I started taking sporadic aerial acrobatics lessons from a friend. This is a discipline where the performer climbs suspended strips of silk fabric, twisting the body into and out of poses and figures aided by muscle strength and gravity. Recently, I haven't had the time to go to classes, but today …

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M is for Meme 

Although I had this topic in mind, it really surfaced for me during last week’s reading when we read about how modern art and aesthetics started to “die” or at least lose value as soon as technology allowed for replication. And it is true that in today’s digital age that perhaps the value of a …

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M is for Map 

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