A New Image of Community: Lars and the Real Girl

Critics often praise pessimism over optimism. What if portraying the unconventional and exceptional helps create a kinder world? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNcs9DrKYRU Video via MOVIECLIPS Classic Trailers on YouTube. Lars Lindstrom is twenty-seven years old, withdrawn and incommunicative. He's only able to function because of the politeness and reserved nature of his hometown, which lies somewhere in the northern portion of the American Midwest. … Continue reading A New Image of Community: Lars and the Real Girl

Hallucinations of Polka Dots: The Work of Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a visionary who inspired and contributed to the emerging avant-garde movements of pop art and minimalism in the 1950s and 60s and continues to produce unusual and provocative art at the age of 84. Her art spans a wide variety of media, including environmental installations, performance art, sculpture, painting, film and fashion … Continue reading Hallucinations of Polka Dots: The Work of Yayoi Kusama

Playful Depths: I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK

Are humor and honesty effective in dealing with death and mental illness? Are we held back by propriety and clichés? When the white coats take away Young-Goon's grandmother, who believes she is a mouse and has been eating only radishes, Young-Goon retaliates with a suicide attempt. Young-Goon has become convinced that she is a robot … Continue reading Playful Depths: I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK

Ridicule is Nothing to Be Scared of: Adam Ant, Hero in the War Against Mental Illness

Mental illness is misunderstood and hidden. What would happen if we embraced ourselves and one another for who we are? Adam Ant, born Stuart Goddard in Marylebone, England, burst on the scene in 1980 as the flamboyant lead singer of Adam and the Ants. His style was quirky, with a jerky delivery and a predilection … Continue reading Ridicule is Nothing to Be Scared of: Adam Ant, Hero in the War Against Mental Illness