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The Penury of Instapoetry; or, A Case for Reform in the Arts

There have been a few articles to pop up over the past month or so, mushroom-like, all focussing on the faddish popularity of ‘Instapoetry.’
Not really a user of the ‘gram myself, I only know about this situation second-hand, but coverage of its main stars and personalities has kept me at least current with the situation. 1,898 more words

Maunderings

My 25 Favorite Movies of 2017: Honorable Mentions

It’s February. A new Trump scandal graces our headlines as we all prepare for Valentine’s Day. The weather is abnormally warm in California for this time of year, and I’ve been sitting around since I graduated college. 1,082 more words

Film

Jim Jarmusch's Paterson: Ben Swolo goes to the Emotional Side

Like a significant slice of the globe, we caught the latest Star Wars over the holiday break. It hit the right buttons at the time, for what is really just a kids action piece – we’ve fallen into a bit of a tradition with this third-wave Star Wars series along with another couple, one group picking up the tickets for everyone on a rotating basis, then having a bit of a gab afterwards. 1,045 more words

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Massive fire in New Jersey displaces 20 people; one firefighter injured

PATERSON, N.J. — A massive, five alarm fire in Paterson, New Jersey displaced 16 people Monday night, the fire department said.

The deep seated fire began around 11:33 p.m. 140 more words

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Paterson

Simpleza
Es lo que buscamos.
El mundo resumido,
Más que un rezo,
Es un pedido.
Nuestro oído
Muchas veces desafinado
Lo considera poca cosa.
Pero, para el ojo de quién posa, 169 more words

Literatura

Favorite Films of 2017

1. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Indifferent to much of what I saw this year, this film’s late December arrival felt like a small miracle. Reining in the excesses that sometimes cheapened his earlier work while retaining his passion and drive, director Luca Guadagnino crafts almost an embarrassment of riches: Armie Hammer and his alternately swooning and dorky physicality… a monologue for the ages for the great character actor Michael Stuhlbarg… the exquisite modern classical/Sufjan Stevens score… and most of all, Timothée Chalamet, whose breakthrough may prove as iconic as, if nothing at all like Dustin Hoffman’s in The Graduate. 1,173 more words

Film

Paterson (2016)

With the current film industry filling us audience with complex and thematically-loaded works (not to mention franchises that require extensive research to keep up to pace with newer instalments), … 542 more words

Film