2012 Spring Issue 3 (April 20, 2012)
The Magic Bullet comes with cups that attach directly to the blade, along with a number of other little gadgets like rims, lids, varying types of blades, shaker tops, and so on. They’re not exaggerating when they call it magic.
One of the ideas that has become increasingly important in the second half of the 20th century and especially now in the 21st century, is the idea that systems have a rhetoric. Just like books, TV shows, and movies, systems are making arguments as they are used.
What we are completely unaware of is how we are going to change, what sort of new idea we will be exposed to that will change the course of the day, change us in subtle ways. Our minds take careful notes of the subtleties as we converse, or as we glance at the inky shadows playing as we walk.
We all seem to be too busy with the fulfillment of basic pleasures to consider life and livelihood as a concept. This is absolutely tragic. Religious experiences formulate how we see the world and shape our beliefs about ourselves and our surroundings. The less people have them, the less people have a basis for comprehending their situation. It is that simple.
Just as my American worldview is shaped by a certain a set of ideas, the Director’s worldview is shaped by a conflicting set of ideas. Because I believe one thing and he believes another, we are adversaries on the world stage.
There are a lot of words like "deconstruction" in the humanities at Carleton: authenticity, patriarchy, pastiche. All these words are in the air – they float from room to room in Laird and Leighton like dandelion wisps. Almost all of them have complex, theoretical definitions, and almost all of them are consistently misused in the service of a kind of obsessed one-upmanship.