On The Protect Yo Heart Graffito & Its Representation of Selfishness As A Defense Mechanism

The twenty-first century is no place to have feelings. Certainly not if you want to make it out of your twenties with any semblance of your mind and “sense of self” intact. With this in mind, “elusive” street artist UnCasso a.k.a. Uncutt Art—though how elusive is one, really, with only …

Why Citizen Kane Is An Insult to William Randolph Hearst

Citizen Kane, consistently regarded as one of the best pieces of American cinema ever made, may be intended as an homage to William Randolph Hearst–even though it’s anything but. Hearst, notorious for his ruthless, cutthroat nature, is reduced to a middling, sniveling husk in his Rosebud-obsessed portrayal by Orson Welles. …

Diary of Britney Spears: Pinpointing Signs of a Breakdown

If you’re on the older side of a millennial (forgive me for use of the term), you will undoubtedly remember when a show called Diary was on MTV. Documenting the lives of celebrities from a first person account told through a video diary, Britney Spears’ episode was extremely telling in …

Are You A Writer? [Insert Gag Noise Here]

For most “writers,” being asked the question, “Are you a writer?” is not an emotional experience that results in a five second existential crisis. Most people are completely comfortable with proclaiming that, in spite of never having been published and being a relative (or, rather, total) unknown, that, yes, they …

Is It Impossible for Modern Writers to be Considered Intellectual?

While writers bear a certain amount of self-deprecation, self-doubt and self-loathing, they also possess a fair amount of ego. After all, what could be more egotistical than thinking your thoughts, feelings and life experiences are of value to other people? That being said, there seems to be something challenging about …

Why New York City is the Worst Place on the Planet for Valentine’s Day

I’ve been with people who grew to hate me. But before that I also experienced the mushy, sentimental side of love—the hand-holding, the promises of never separating, the actual desire to never separate So I feel pretty objective about the dual reactions a person can have to Valentine’s Day. There …