Can improvisation help one writer escape the doldrums of routine in his life?
Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks sparks a moment of reflection during a time of transition.
Claudia Schatz explores the ways her relationship to Lorde’s music has diverged—and remained the same—over the years.
Rebecca Solnit’s book serves as a quasi-guide to Linne Halpern in the immediate aftermath of her college graduation.
After moving to NYC, “Marigold” brings back the memories—and strength—of a simpler time.
After sneaking into a 21+ venue, one concert-goer finds reception with and reverence for Liz Phair.
Amid a stormy midwestern summer, one writer learns to embrace chaos while playing The Last of Us.
On being young at a Billy Joel concert & reflecting on the nostalgia of his music.
A flight-averse passenger finds solace in the music of The Smiths.
Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast defied 19th century gender expectations.
In Jeannette Haien’s novel The All of It (1986), love cures all.
Reading Matsuo Bashō's Japanese prose-poetry from 1689, while contemplating stillness, isolation, journeying, and the aftermath of death.
A poetic ode to the golden beauty and heavenly touch of Gustav Klimt's famed 1908 painting.
A college freshman finds a curly-haired, sexually liberated role model in Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw.
One writer finds solace in Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day as she considers life after graduation.
A poetic exploration of Frida Kahlo's Two Nudes in the Forest in relation to the artist's sexuality.
One writer ponders the unique and confusing way that art captures motion.
With winter approaching, one writer revisits the music and warm nostalgia of her past.
Though used to considering crime dramas mere background noise, one writer becomes captivated by The Five through its music.
After his grandfather's death, our writer delves into Mary Frye’s poem “Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep.”
Upon re-discovering the CD in her car, one listener looks back at the vastness of Bon Iver, Bon Iver.
The Wesleyan community collectively responds to The MASH Music Festival.
Our Co-founder, Sage Marshall, elaborates on the importance of live response in advance of the MASH Music Festival.
The experience of the protagonist in The Sheltering Sky (1949) is both relational to and refuge from a student's own illness.
A meditation on the casualties of time and the motions of motherhood through Nicholas Nixon's photographic series The Brown Sisters.
In Goodbye First Love (2011), a young couple’s idealized version of love dissolves.
A moving tribute to Denis Johnson's (1949-2017) prose through one reader's changing perceptions of his work.
Linne Halpern reflects on Joan Didian and her first summer alone in NYC.
Maddie Woda ponders Heathers: The Musical and her high school experience.
Maile McCann investigates the harms of care, in her own life and in Bergman's Persona.