Angry Words Game Proposal


For a grammar game to actually be engaging, it would have to move beyond a simple right or wrong binary. Instead, the fail sequence would have to be entertaining enough that we keep trying. It would have to have a feedback mechanism that lets you know if you have a…

Hipsters versus Slackers


[caption id="attachment_694" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="An image from Linklater's film"][/caption]   Recently I asked myself what makes hipsters different than slackers, at least as slackers are depicted in Richard Linklater's 1991 film, Slacker. Initially I noticed differences that aren't unique to slackers and hipsters, but to gen x and Millennials generally:…

Those Beautiful Bastards


[caption id="attachment_658" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="©2011 Warren Hedges"][/caption] Having an animal’s eye in sharp focus is traditionally a make or break element in wildlife photography. Perhaps for evolutionary reasons, we like to look at things that can look back at us. Here is the background, but clearly distinguished from it is…

Disney Aphorisms 1


[caption id="attachment_628" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Mickey-Mondrian by Mick Haggerty. 1976"][/caption] Years ago a character in one of my stories claimed that “theme parks are the death camps of the twenty-first century.”  Yet here I am teaching a class on Disney. Some first thoughts, still at the aphorism stage. Innocence Disney films,…

The Titty Picture Post


One of the few things that disturbs me about belonging to my Elks Lodge is the titty painting over the bar. People don’t agree about the ethnicity of the topless woman in the portrait (Mestiza? South American? Pacific Islander?). But they do agree that she is 1> a woman and…

What Connects?


Part 1: Sucks or Rocks? Often I ask students to think beyond whether something is good or bad, or as I put it in my Youth Culture class, to push past whether it "sucks or rocks." "Good or bad for what?" I ask. "Good or bad for whom?" This can…

Syllabi & Design


I've been trying to rethink my syllabi this term by focusing on their design (which, understandably enough, has clarified their content).So for my Junior and Senior level Art History class (which will cover complicated, interrelated issues each session), I tried to come up with a design that uses visual hierarchy…

Something Will Emerge


Gerhard Richter on starting a painting:  "[my expectation is] that something will emerge that is unknown to me, which I could not plan, which is better, cleverer, than I am."from the 2003 edition of the anthology Art in Theory: 1900-2000, edited by Charles Harrison & Paul Wood.

Something from Nothing


 The composer John Cage said of Rauschenberg’s white paintings that they were “airports for lights, shadows and particles,” hues and shadows that arose not as an expression of the artist’s inner self, but from the way spectators’ own movements interacted with the seemingly blank canvas. This is about as far…