Revolution—Where Art and Political Unrest Intersect

Revolution—Where Art and Political Unrest Intersect

Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, eine de France et ses enfants (1787) Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was born in Paris in 1755; before her father died when she was only twelve years of age, Le Brun received artistic training from him benefiting from his skills as a portraitist. He encouraged her [...]

Reichskulturkammer, or How Hitler’s Germany Cultivated Propaganda Out of Folklore

Reichskulturkammer, or How Hitler’s Germany Cultivated Propaganda Out of Folklore

As a travesty of history, we have all of the events that surrounded the holocaust—because the truth of the matter is that antisemitism, reshaping of an entire body of cultural literature, and the ensuing power struggle came well before the beginning of the attempted extermination of the Jewish people. Hitler’s vision was both carefully planned out, and easily executed upon the establishment of the Ministry for Propaganda and Public Enlightenment in March of 1933, by the newly appointed Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.

Most Intimate Knowledge

Most Intimate Knowledge

A mammoth vision of deep espresso stain, she towered, undisturbed, and pensive as an overflowing well of knowledge. Four deep shelves heavily laden with bodies, thick and thin, a forest of corpses; rigid bones in dust jackets. Mysterious symbolisms that communicate the concepts, beliefs, opinions, and imaginative powers of the human race—her contents suggested the [...]

Jeffrey Dahmer: Trying to Understand a Killer

Jeffrey Dahmer: Trying to Understand a Killer

There are a lot of people that are interested in learning about serial killers, perhaps because they're interested in the demented psychological aspect of it, perhaps because they adore the macabre, others still are interested in the criminal aspect and trying to understand how or why killers do what they do. To be honest, I'm one of those people--my own interests lie somewhere between the educational and the macabre; I'm simply fascinated by how a child who, much like Jeffrey Dahmer, seems to go from having a typical dysfunctional family life and childhood to cannibalism and necrophilia. Trust me when I say I take no personal joy in these types of stories, so much as I want to see how these people come into existence in the first place.

Poisson d’avril: The French April Fool’s Day

Poisson d’avril: The French April Fool’s Day

Many people look forward to the first of April, it gives them a chance to play pranks and joke around with people they otherwise wouldn't. This year during the global pandemic that has ravaged our global community and economy, people are being told not to play pranks today. As a general theory, I don't understand why--aren't difficult times the exact time for humor and fun? Well, yes and no, because everyone needs a way to lighten the mood, but the spirit of this fun can be taken too far and enter the spectrum of mean spiritedness.