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P is for Prospero, Patrick Stewart, and Procrastination 

I love Shakespeare-- especially if I can see his work performed well. Years ago I saw a production of The Tempest with Patrick Stewart as Prospero. It was a magical production, not only because of the talented cast, but also because of the way it was staged. It was an early Julie Taymor production-- …

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P is for Paint Festival 

This past Saturday I went to a festival in brooklyn called Holi. It's a traditional Indian festival that they started doing in New York a few years ago. Holi Phagwa is the Hindu festival of colors. It celebrates the coming of spring, fruitful harvests, unity, joy, and a tale from the Bhagavad Gita. It is …

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P is for Philosophers 

The life of a philosopher is an interesting subject; not only do I hope someday to perhaps live said life, but I am eternally fascinated by the lives of other philosophers. You see, as a profession, "philosopher" is a bit of mysterious term; unlike people who go into business or computer science where images of …

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P is for Photomontage 

As a kid I used to cut up magazines and collage my walls with a mix of ads, celebrities, and photos of places I wanted to go. In History of Photography class learning about photomontage I was struck by differences of these two things. My wacky collages were just fun, aspirational images that I thought …

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P is for Miles F*@#ing Davis 

Miles Davis is a personal hero of mine (very original, I know).  He was fiercely experimental, and downright averse to complacency.  He followed his own compass, but was also in touch with the times he lived in. He was fiercely individualistic, but orchestrated incredible group dynamics by pairing the right individuals with/against each other in …

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P is for Precarious (MP Edit) 

It all started with an umbrella. A windy and rainy evening and a cheap, crappy Duane Reade umbrella. I was doing the dance of a person whose umbrella has turned inside out one too many times—when the metallic spider legs that shield you from the downpour become brittle and broken after being jammed inside a …

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P is for Poetry 

P is for POETRY (and not just in April) Introduction to Poetry - Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, …

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P is for Planner 

Ever since my senior year of high school I’ve had a compulsive need to keep an academic planner. Before the start of every school year I giddily go to the campus bookstore with my first intent to buy a planner. My usual choice is a simple plastic spiral one with plenty of room under each …

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P is for Artwork of Photography in the Age of Internet and Digital Reproduction 

I've always been intrigued in photography, of how it reveals the framings of perception. However, thinking about photography, and photography as art particularly in this digital era have always raised many questions. I happened to come across the Spanish photographer Joan Fontcuberta,who particularly creates his work based on the concept of photography in this age …

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P is for poetry. 

P is for poetry.  My last post really got me thinking about poetry.  I have loved poetry for most of my life.  Introduced to my first book at age 13, I have developed quite a collection since that time.  I even majored in poetry in college!  That being said, despite the years of study I …

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P is for ¡Pobrecito Writing! 

When I think about aesthetics generally, I think about "museum art." By that I mean, pretty simply, things you would see in a museum: paintings, sculpture, photography, handicraft. But I don't think about writing right away; I have to make myself think about it. I don't have the natural association. I find this interesting. So: …

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P is for Preacceleration 

From the first time I saw a video of the sport, wingsuit jumping has fascinated, captivated and terrified me. It seems so enticing to me because it allows the person inside ultimate, unrestricted freedom of movement (as long as you aren't trying to put your arms overhead). But, this is precicely why it is so …

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P is for Power Structures 

In my “Teaching of Shakespeare” course, we constructed a lesson plan that aims to analyze the interwoven power structures in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By means of performance and composition, students endeavor to illuminate how social hierarchies play a vital role in the way in which we perceive the Athenians and fairies, focusing upon …

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P is for Potential 

More and more professionals realize the significance of nurturing gifts and talents during the early childhood years. But where does giftedness come from? Gifted Child Quarterly (1977) argues that giftedness originates from potential. Potential means having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. In my understanding, potential is a …

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P is for Presentation 

I spent this weekend researching different ways of learning science in informal settings. In order to achieve this, I visited the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Hall of Science (a hands-on science and technology center). My aim was to explore different ways in which scientific content can be presented outside the …

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P is for Park 

1. Georges Seurat's painting Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte) features figures in a park. All have been rendered still by the accumulation of dots that create the painting. The possibility of play upon the bank of the river has been stifled. …

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P is for Personification 

While reading the third chapter of Tim Ingold’s Lines: A Brief History, I immediately noticed that the author is giving human qualities and characteristics to the line, which in itself is an obviously non-human entity. The author describes one type of line as “free”, which is a description we typically give only living things as …

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