"The human mind is hardwired to see patterns and connections where they otherwise would not exist. Faces are one of the images that our mind most automatically construes out of irrelevant and nondescript objects, so much so that two dashes and a curve or a parking meter can easily resemble a smiley face."
"Kitsch does not portray an accurate likeness of the world; it generally reflects only the sweetest and most blameless aspects, smoothing the rough edges of reality to produce an image of perfection."
The Office is not just a TV show about funny personalities; it is the prototypical story of a small business in an increasingly monopolized, neoliberal economy.
The Winter Soldier testimonies of 1971 and 2008 demonstrate the detrimental effects of gendered roles in times of war.
Is fashion designed to restrict and subordinate women, or can it be a source of self-identification and liberation?
Should we evaluate art for aesthetic qualities or its ethical position? Can these approaches be reconciled?
"Can beauty be a weapon? Can its seduction circumvent morality?" On the aesthetics and ethics of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.
"One is not wise because of an exposure to the fruits of knowledge, which are information. One is wise because of the internal understanding of information, which is done through an active consciousness.”
What liberties can writers take in using other people's lives in their work? A look at two stories by Alice Munro.