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Z is for Zydeco 

Originating in southwestern Louisiana, zydeco is a form of fast-tempo music which combines jazz, blues, R&B, and traditional Cajun/Creole melodies. Zydeco's folky roots are evidenced in its common use of a washboard as an instrument, and its prevalence at informal community dance gatherings. Whenever I hear this type of music, it reminds me of my …

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Z is for Zorba 

Since it is my last post I couldn't help myself....

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Z is for Zora Neale Hurston 

Some books you read and forget as soon as you close the back cover. Others, like Their Eyes Were Watching God, resonant and stay with you forever. I first encountered Zora Neale Hurston in college and then I read everything that I could find by her and about her. In Their Eyes, she writes with …

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Z is for Zen school 

A Haiku: Mindfulness in school We've talked a lot about it Louis CK cares ∞ How essential of a component is the body to our aesthetic experience? How about in school? As one of the primary mechanisms that teaches us how to regulate our life and what the good life is, school teaches us first to …

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Z is for Ziggurat 

A ziggurat is a terraced step building with receding levels that was used primarily as a temple in ancient times and part of a temple complex. This temple complex included a courtyard, storage rooms, bathrooms, and living quarters. A city was then built around this complex. Ziggurats were built by the Sumeraians, Babylonians, Elamites, Akkadians, and …

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Z is fo Zen 

The ensō is a Japanese term that refers to a hand-drawn circle, produced by a single, continuous brushstroke. This symbol is used by Zen Buddhists to indicate an instance in which “the mind is free to let the body create”. I think it's a good way to close this “primer cycle”, so to …

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Z is for Zippers 

The concept of the zipper was introduced by Whitcomb L. Judson, and debuted in 1893 at Chicago’s World Fair. The first working zipper was designed by Gideon Sundback; Sundback married the company manager’s daughter and then later, after her death, was inspired to actively work on the original design for the zipper. (If no one …

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Z is for Zelda 

A letter from Zelda Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald which seems to map the disintegration of her sanity and marriage. It's tone reminds me of the madness and aristocratic affect of T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." From "You say that you have been thinking of the past. The weeks since I haven’t slept more than three …

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Z is for Janet Zweig 

I think a lot of people have seen these pictograms of Carry On along the subway platform of Prince Street subway station. At first, because of its small and so naturally blended-in quality, I didn't recognize them as an artwork. But if you look at it carefully, these whimsical figures realistically depict the …

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Z is for Zap Rowsdower 

1. Zap Rowsdower is a character in a 1990 film called "The Final Sacrifice." This movie has gained notoriety due to the fact that it appeared as the feature in an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. 2. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 has such a simple premise that it seems impossible the show wouldn't work. …

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Z is for Waking Life 

Because what can you use for Z anyway. Think of it more like Z(zzz) like you're sleeping. Anyway this movie is worth the jump. It's actually pretty hard to describe if you've never seen it but essentially it's an animated film but uses a very distinct form of animation and the "plot" follows a young …

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Z is for Zero 

I might have received no more than five zeros in my academic career, none of which given in consequence of cheating or plagiarizing, but rather for a misunderstanding of a deadline. The idea of receiving a zero speaks to the notion of assessment in education—that, as educators, we need to assign a grade on a …

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Z is for Zoophagy 

In his essay, “Give Thanks for Meat”, Jay Bost argues that “eating meat raised in specific circumstances is ethical; eating meat raised in other circumstances is unethical.” In his introduction, Bost lists several ethical reasons why people should not eat meat: “animals are raised and killed in cruel conditions; grain that could feed hungry people …

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Z is for Zzzzzz… 

In an interesting coincidence, while we were talking about the aesthetics of sleep last class, I was about to put the theory into practice. I was about to fall asleep. I wasn’t bored or anything, just, you know, sleepy. I’m also sleepy while writing this. I’m even in bed. If I were talking instead of …

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Z is for Zero 

What’s Zero? Does it represent nothing or something? A musician says, “‘0’ is a rest among musical notes.” An artist says, “‘0’ is the sun that brings warmth.” An environmentalist says, “‘0’ is our living earth, a place of home.” A mathematician says, “‘0’ is a special number that is neither a positive nor negative …

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Z is for Zombie Fiction 

I am probably one of the biggest babies out there when it comes to the horror genre, but for some reason, I find myself really drawn in to works of zombie fiction. While the experience of reading books like World War Z (the book, mind you, not the terrible movie adaptation with Brad Pitt) or …

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Z is for Coltrane 

While reading Ingolt's work, I've been thinking about Klee's notion of taking a line out for a walk in so much as it relates to jazz improvisation. I spent a formative chunk of my life intensely studying music theory, under the influence of the major pioneers of mid-late 20th century pioneers like Coltrane and Monk. …

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