Finding Art in Science

One of the most incredible things about art (whether that’s paintings, literature, theater, dance, etc.) is the ability it gives us to “experience” things that we never experience, “feel” things we’ll never feel, and spend time in someone else’s head. Art provides the most compelling argument and profoundest proof of the universality of human emotion.…

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Disney

I grew up on Disney. Singing the songs, playing the songs on the piano, watching my favorites over and over again, quoting my favorite scenes and one-liners with embarrassing frequency. Disney movies (even their best) are certainly not perfect. But as I’ve explored them again as an adult, I’ve been kind of surprised at how…

Return to Normalcy

I was planning on writing about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for this week’s blog post. (Don’t worry, though–no spoilers here.) It seemed like the obvious choice. I knew I would finish the book by Monday at the very latest. I may try and write about it another time, but the thing is, I just…

Trying

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about both the importance and the futility of trying. The idea that there are some things we can’t change, no matter what, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value in trying. I can’t help but think of Oedipus, which I think provides one of the clearest illustrations of this…