Tagged: smart

The Struggles of Garry Kasparov

In 1986, when Jack Nicklaus won the Masters golf tournament at age 46, it was hard for us to understand what all the fuss was about. Sure, he made history, becoming the oldest player to win one of the four “majors.” But he was a lifelong athlete doing what he did best. Golf is a...

Indiana Review

While the wheels of popular culture churn onward in a cynical race to the bottom, America’s literary journals continue to showcase stirring, innovative, utterly necessary work in the realms of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, essays and impossible-to-categorize hybrid forms. So multifarious and numerous are these excellent journals, many of them affiliated with universities, you could...

Sausage Party

Until viewing the movie “Sausage Party,” we were unaware that a scathing critique of organized religion could be elegantly disguised as an animated film about grocery store products. We didn’t know that sausages and buns — and bagels and bananas, and everything else in a supermarket — could illuminate the folly of waiting for “a better...

Who Are You Trying to Become?

All of us, on some level, are on a meandering journey headed in the general direction of self-discovery. We’re trying to answer the essential questions sentient beings have always asked: Where did I come from? Where am I going? Who am I? For some of us, there’s another crucial inquiry: Who is the person I...

Speechless

Imagine giving a PowerPoint presentation to a large roomful of strangers. Imagine that you don’t know the subject of your presentation until you arrive onstage. Now, imagine that the slides in your presentation are random nonsense images that range from inscrutable to scandalous. What do you say? This is the premise of the sensationally entertaining...

Idealism Lives

Cynicism is the easiest thing in the world. Being cynical takes no effort, merely apathetic resignation. Idealism takes work. If cynicism is the gradual downhill slide to confirmation of your worst fears, idealism is the persistent trudge to the top. Having high ideals while so many around you seem not to can be dispiriting. But don’t be...

Preventing and Defeating Depression, in Five Easy Steps

All of us get down occasionally. We all get the blues. For some, it’s worse. The darkness never seems to brighten. Moroseness, hopelessness and inertia set in, rooting us ever deeper in a self-made hole. This is commonly known as depression, and the medical industry has an expensive and fleetingly successful solution for the illness....

Eating Animals

Seven years after original publication, “Eating Animals,” by the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, remains unmatched in providing a provocative, comprehensive and deeply affecting portrait of the carnivore’s dilemma. Employing writing techniques gleaned from memoir, investigative journalism, philosophy, science and editorial essay, Foer systematically and compellingly builds his argument — that there is no moral rationale...

The Biology of Story

Warning: If you’re a literary-minded person, you must handle “Biology of Story” with care. The project, an interactive documentary that explores Story as a living being, is ambitious, enormous, and possibly comprehensive. Once you dip into the oceanic trove of filmed interview segments, it may be several hours (or days) before you emerge from the...

Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary Clinton

Liberal acquaintances who support the candidacy of Hillary Clinton – friend of Wall Street, friend of the Private Prison industry, friend of the War Machine – admit that they’re much more enthusiastic about voting for the maverick progressive muckraker from Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren. Unfortunately, she’s not running for President. Actually, she kind of is...