The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

The evidence that human life is better now than ever before is overwhelming. We know of course, that everything is not awesome. Nor does Pinker claim it is. Still, a book like Enlightenment Now has to face up to the corollary waiting at the summit of all its data: why then, aren’t we happy? Continue reading The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

When Russians Were Equated With “Being Evil”: America’s Age of Hatred | Aniket Charan

Since time immemorial, the American government has waged a brutal and oppressive war against flag bearers of communist, or as many put it, Soviet ideology. Instances in history indicate to a manic and frenzied hunt for ‘suspected’ communists which resulted in the infringement of civil liberties and rights, the very foundations of the American State. Continue reading When Russians Were Equated With “Being Evil”: America’s Age of Hatred | Aniket Charan

Badlu Ram and The Assam Regiment: The Legend that Lives On | Abhinaba Sarkar

If one ever gets a chance to witness a kasam parade, or the passing-out parade, of the new recruits enlisting into the Assam Regiment, at Happy Valley, Shillong, one thing that will forever be etched in the mind, apart from the many happy faces of the recruits and their well-wishers, would be the entire passing out batch singing together and dancing to a particular song. Continue reading Badlu Ram and The Assam Regiment: The Legend that Lives On | Abhinaba Sarkar

Checkmate: John Cage and Marcel Duchamp | Prerna Anilkumar

But irrespective, walls were broken. Boundaries were dissolved. Life and art had merged. And no one summed it up better than Lowell Cross himself. In his essay ‘Reunion: John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Electronic Music and Chess’ he called the event “a public celebration of Cage’s delight in living everyday life as an art form.” Continue reading Checkmate: John Cage and Marcel Duchamp | Prerna Anilkumar

History of Daguerreotype| Prerna Anilkumar

A proud and magnificent ancestor of our present day DSLR cameras, the Daguerreotype satisfied our ancient quest to see our own image. It was the first time that we experienced a kind of tautology for the eyes. A reiteration of reality on a sheet of copper. Never before had this project of representation surpassed such limits of details and accuracy. Continue reading History of Daguerreotype| Prerna Anilkumar

On Sadomasochism|Prerna Anilkumar

In different periods of history, sadomasochism has been actively carved out and composed as an art form. A way of communicating. A way of creating. Oneself and the other. As something that situates and locates the meaning at the surface and not the deep. In mapping sadomasochism’s aesthetics, one stumbles upon a dialogue between the history of aesthetic philosophy and the literary history of sadomasochism with evolving definitions of sexual subjectivity. Continue reading On Sadomasochism|Prerna Anilkumar