Art

Believing in Da Vinci’s Code

by Rachael Wang

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a fantastic mystery-thriller. It is a reflection on the darkness of human nature, depicting lies and betrayals, political power struggles, selfish actions fueled by pride and fear, and murder. But it is also a reflection on joy. Throughout the novel, the values of trust, family, and loyalty are strongly

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A Review of Cave of Forgotten Dreams

by William Lohier

One beautiful Friday afternoon while my brother was practicing violin with my mom, and the radio was blasting NPR, I sat myself down with a box of cookies and a Do-Not-Disturb sign on the door and prepared to watch Cave of Forgotten Dreams, directed and narrated by Werner Herzog, and produced by Eric Nelson and Adrienne

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Looking Through the Eye of London

by Rachel Narducci

I stand there, at the top of the world, and look down through the glass below me. It’s raining, of course. Typical London weather. The rain has been relentless since the day I arrived. Nevertheless, the view is still phenomenal. Big Ben stands majestically. A red double-decker bus provides a pop of color against the grey

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What is the Essence of Beauty?

by Nimai Agarwal

Humans have always searched for the elusive epitome of beauty. It has evolved over time, and continues to express itself in new forms. There are many kinds of beauty, and many aspects. There is beauty for the eyes, the ears, the tongue… but all these forms of beauty are unified by one thing which never

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Ugly: A Review

by Akash Mehta

Ugliness is a fascinating concept. For me, there’s one question that pops into my mind when I think about it: what makes us view a certain object as ugly? Perhaps it’s something to do with our evolutionary instincts; animal and human waste, for example, is generally ugly, both visually and in odor. Could this be

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Awe, Nature, and Fear: The Sublime Then and Now

by Eleanor Goetz

If you have ever stood at the edge of a large waterfall or tried to understand the size and workings of the universe, you are most likely feeling an emotion that artists of the sublime attempt to elicit from the viewer. The sublime can be described as a feeling inspired by nature or by a

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Ai Weiwei: Harnessing the Power of Art and Social Media

by Anya Dunaif

Something about artist and activist Ai Weiwei inspired me – compelled me – to travel from New York City to Washington, DC just so I could see his exhibit, Ai Weiwei: According to What?, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. If I was moved to take a three-and-half-hour train ride to see his work

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Filling a Blank Page

by Elly Goetz

  A blank page can be scary. Sometimes when I start a project, I feel anxious. When I am creating I feel a range of emotions, such as joy, fear, and surprise. Creating is like taking a long walk with many twists and turns and returning safely home with a prize. Creating something can be

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Legend

by Shelby Gray

The massive, miserable, misunderstood monster, Roars his lonely lament to the sky. Sorrowfully knowing, with all of his heart, That no one will hear his cry.   Fire flows freely from his enormous jaws, And the bravest of men would run from his claws. But his wonderful strength was something to take, And man claimed

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