NewThoughts Category

That Creative Spark.

As artists, writers, and creative thinkers, we have one of the greatest gifts in the world: the power to tell stories. Personal stories can indeed change the world. In fact, it seems that “we make progress by telling our personal stories.” Those are just a few of the words Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (MILK) closes […]

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Practice Makes Perfect?

The melodies produced by the keys of any baby grand can be quite beautiful indeed. But since my youngest years, the mere sites of metronomes and piano benches have always caused unbearable amounts of inner angst to rise quickly inside of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the piano. I enjoy all music in general, but […]

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Art and New Beginnings.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “art” as a skill– “an expression or application of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting, drawing, or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” Italian film director Federico Fellini cites “all art [as] autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” […]

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Sad Sad State.

So a few weeks ago, I wrote a post lamenting the seriously sad state of women directors in Hollywood– even now. Sure we’ve managed to make some slight progress here and there, but as writer and blogger Melissa Silverstein so bluntly puts it in a recent feature, “it’s clear that institutional gender discrimination still governs daily […]

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It’s Only Natural.

There are two types of people in this world: those who enjoy art and those who do not. It’s always been intriguing to me how differently we all come to see and process art– how one man’s rubbish can turn out to be another man’s treasure. What one individual sees as visually stunning may turn out […]

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Forever Young.

Once upon a times and happily ever afters pervaded my childhood thoughts. I’d always had a voracious appetite for fairytales, for those feel-good stories of good triumphing over evil, of true love conquering all– of mysterious wizards, mystical fairies, talking mirrors and handsome heroes. Yes, I would let my thoughts and imagination soar into a […]

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…That explains a lot.

As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve always been a terribly anxious person. I worry, I fret, and was a dedicated nail biter for most of my childhood. And after twenty-four years of this roller coaster ride that is my life, I’ve finally discovered what it is that may be triggering all of my unnecessary anxiety: […]

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New Summer Movies, Same Sad Story.

The movie industry is failing women—this has been a long known fact. In 1978, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that women were “significantly underrepresented” in the entertainment industry. About thirty years later in 2009, New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis– who’s more than well known for expressing her distaste for the lack of […]

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Manifesto 2.0.

Just a little over two years ago, I created this page as a means to immerse myself in the art of blogging (and, of course, to fulfill the new media requirements for an undergraduate journalism course). I had declared myself ‘truly novice blogger,’ expressing a distaste for the impending digital age, for the overtaking of gadgets and gizmos, for the loss […]

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