Indigenous Wisdom: Aluna

This week is feeling like a turning point for me in terms how to respond, personally, to the world ecological crisis. Many people have noted that existing forms of activism and policy remedies are seeming incremental and insufficient, and that it would be easy to...
The Credit Card Eaters

The Credit Card Eaters

If I were an artist (or knew how to use Photoshop), I’d re-create Van Gogh’s famous painting of potato eaters with a plate of Visa and Mastercards in the middle of the table instead.  That’s the surreal and horrific image in my mind’s eye after...
The Divine Kiss

The Divine Kiss

Ever since 2017, when a cancer diagnosis made me think more about life’s finitude, I’ve been mentally reviewing all the things I’ve learned so far, in a life in love with “great books” and the history of ideas.

Material Girl

As my tweens and I were trying to motivate to clean the house today, I called up key dance tunes from my youth.   One was Madonna’s Material Girl, whose video version, I realized only today, is a complete homage to Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds are a...
Tintoretto

Tintoretto

The prolific Renaissance painter Tintoretto was said by his Venetian contemporaries to have three brushes: “one of gold, the second of silver and the third of iron.”