Posted by: Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein
on Nov 13, 2013
Mary Oliver’s position as a female poet has long been questioned by critics. Some find her alliance with nature anti-feminist, claiming that her use of natural imagery echoes those of the male romantic poets. Sadly, romantic poetry is seen to assume the speaker-- presumed male--reaches an enlightened realm of immortality that the natural world-- coded female-- never can.
But other critics see more complexity ... Read More
Posted by: Laurel Walsh
in Eat Me
on Jul 11, 2013
You can't unsee it. Usually if you crack a rock open, you just find more rock. But apparently some rock innards are a bit more barfy.
The "Pyura chilensis" is a mysterious sea creature delightfully known as "period rock" to those who handle it. It’s found on the coasts of Chile and Peru, and it’s pretty boring on the surface: it looks like a rock, feels like a rock, and acts like a rock. It sits on top of other rocks and ... Read More
Posted by: Katharine Ernst
on Jul 03, 2013
As an artist and frequenter of the contemporary art world, I have yet to be as impressed with painting as I am with the works of Iris Grace Halmshaw. Iris Grace is a 3 year-old from England and she is autistic. She has trouble expressing herself through words and social interactions - instead, she's incredibly in tune with the language of color, movement and rhythm. She can pick up a brush and go for hours, only stopping to squeal ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Christina
on Jun 28, 2012
Summer means a lot of things: pools, slip n' slides, cook outs, struggling to install that window AC unit, and ultimately, vacation. Whether it's the days you take off from your 9 to 5 to vegetate in your bed watching Netflix, an escape to Europe, or a trip to the Jersey shore, vacation is a staple for summer.
If you plan to escape to the wilderness for your vacation, you're going to need a baller tent to shelter you from the elements. Allow ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Jessica Butler
on Jun 15, 2012
Have you ever come across certain rocks or leaves and wished you could just hang them around your neck or from your ears? Well, maybe not, but probably only because they needed a bit of tweaking before gracing your body. New York-based jewelry designer Irene of Metaxa does just this, translating the work of nature into beautiful, wearable jewelry. Her take on nature-as-accessories goes beyond the literal, incorporating natural forms in ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Grace Wielebinski
on Jun 08, 2012
I know young people are supposed to be hip and tech-savvy (and by using the terms "hip" and "tech-savvy" I do, in fact, realize I've outed myself as neither), but sometimes I find myself genuinely overwhelmed with how quickly technology is advancing and all the crazy cool possibilities that come with it. Here I am, still flabbergasted that you can pay for your Starbucks coffee using a QR code, while artist Yiying Lu is already ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Kelsie
on Mar 02, 2012
Reason 9,356 why I can't get enough of the animal kingdom: bonobos. These endangered apes are close relatives of the chimpanzee and can only be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They also get their freak on for as many reasons as we humans do.
Social ascension in the bonobos universe is kind of like the standard human coming-of-age tale: the young female bonobo leaves the family she was born into, picks a new group to take up ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Chrislande
in Music Stuff
on Jan 31, 2012
Bjork makes me believe in music. Since my first listen of Venus as a Boy, I have been entranced by what she can do with her voice, ingeniously combining it with unconventional instruments, sounds and collaborators. The genius mega-artist has released her eighth album, Biophilia, to breach the gap between nature, science, technology, and music. Not only does Biophilia feature Tesla coil instruments, it is accompanied by an education ... Read More
Posted by: Erina Davidson
on Aug 31, 2011
Apparently, zebra finches (above) understand that it's not about the coloring or the shape of a potential mate's tail feather, but how one shakes it.
A research conducted by a team from University of Exeter, Carleton University, Royal Veterinary College, and University of London has found that adventurous female zebra finches choose mates with similar personalities, regardless of the birds' size or physical features. This is the first ... Read More