The Existentialism of Life of Pi: Chaos, Meaning and The Absurd

There is a moment in Life of Pi when the titular protagonist, having recounted the same story twice, asks a novelist which version he prefers – the fantastical, surreal one or the dark, hopeless one. The novelist chooses the fantastical version without pause and by doing so, the meaning of the film is laid plain for us. Today I want to examine both my own relationship to the film and what it can teach all of us about purpose and the absurd. Continue reading The Existentialism of Life of Pi: Chaos, Meaning and The Absurd

Best Albums Winter/Spring 2017

The first half of 2017 has been amazing for music. So many legendary bands have made triumphant returns to music and there are more on the way. Some albums released this year have already made their way into my list of all-time favorites. I don’t claim to listen to the most music or the best music but today I’m going to list my 11 favorite albums released in the first half of 2017 that I think everyone should listen to. Continue reading Best Albums Winter/Spring 2017

The Phrase “Nasty Woman” is Counterproductive, and Here’s Why

by Philip Damico / @philipsdamico

I didn’t know the origin of the now oft-invoked phrase “Nasty Woman” until 2 hours ago, but like almost everyone else who’s remotely in touch with liberal media and discourse, I’ve been hearing the expression for well over 6 months at this point. Continue reading The Phrase “Nasty Woman” is Counterproductive, and Here’s Why

King Crimson – Pushing the Envelope of Rock Music

King Crimson pushed rock music forward in ways that, in the late 60s, few thought was possible. Their music discusses mature themes that have retained their relevancy for nearly 50 years. In the Court of the Crimson King is a timeless classic that set the tone for not only the coming progressive rock revolution but the alienation and fear that maintains a grip on our minds to this day. Continue reading King Crimson – Pushing the Envelope of Rock Music

A Chronology of Postmodernism

Postmodernism emerged in the middle of the 1950s from the ashes of humanity’s century long frantic, hubristic search for objectivity. But according to theologian Thomas Oden it was born in 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. Yet many others claim the age of postmodernism began in 1968 when numerous counterculture protests shut down universities around the world. Like the ideas contained within the term postmodernism, its origins are muddy and no one can quite agree on what the truth is regarding them. Continue reading A Chronology of Postmodernism