Tag Archives: Art

On Torture and Abortion and Art and Moral Responsibility

Over Christmas break, a friend of mine in town from Los Angeles (he works in “the industry,” and he said that without any irony whatsoever) was discussing with me the slate of then-upcoming theatrical releases we were both excited to see. One of us mentioned Zero Dark Thirty and I said that I’d read somewhere […]

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#6 Spotify, The Pirate Bay, and the Lie That They Don’t Matter

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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Backlash: J.K. Rowling, Mumford & Sons, and What Scares Me About Success

In which the author uses 3,000 words to say something that probably could’ve been clearly expressed in 300. My apologies, etc. 1. Imagine you’re participating in a local talent show. Maybe you’re a singer or a contortionist or a flaming chainsaw juggler. Doesn’t really make any difference. And the thing is, you really, desperately, care […]

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Sunday Night Speech: Bill Watterson (Creator of Calvin and Hobbes)

We’ve featured another Kenyon College commencement address in this slot before (do they sell tickets to those, do you think?), and though it’s subject matter is a little different, its tone and message definitely make it more immediately endearing.  In 1990, Bill Watterson, who created Calvin and Hobbes, the greatest comic strip of all time (and […]

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Spotify, The Pirate Bay, and the Lie That They Don’t Matter

The other night I took a momentary break from trying to sleep to check my Twitter feed. Boredom, Annoyance, and Exhaustion colluded in keeping me awake by calling their pal Debate, who crashed the party in that gleeful way of his. Two friends were having a “conversation” – the limitations of Twitter or any other […]

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The Curse of Originality

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. – C.S. Lewis 1. The other day, […]

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Pinterest Account

Let me preemptively apologize to anyone who showed up expecting anything directly to do with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, wildlife, sorcery, or lamp posts. The title is meant only to convey my near-total trepidation and the foreign-ness of the realm into which I’ve ventured for all your sakes. Like Peter, Susan, […]

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A Name Worth Remembering: Vik Muniz

Jardim Gramacho. Have you heard of it? It lies on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. You know, the place with the famous statue of Jesus, arms outstretched, facing south, overlooking the city. Only Jardim Gramacho lies behind iconic statue, to the north. And it’s one of the world’s largest garbage dumps, receiving over 7,000 […]

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