Shakespeare in the Park

It was a beautiful Spring evening in New York City, I was just out of Salon Riz in the Upper West Side, and decided that I actually could make it to The Public Theater’s show that evening. I had won a pair of tickets from that day’s TodayTix lottery, fantastically on the second day of trying.

During the elective Shakespeare course I took my senior year of high school, my group abridged and performed William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and after hitting my third summer in New York City, I was particularly antsy to see this Shakespeare in the Park production.

In processing the results of this past, fateful November 8th, the only silver lining I could come up with was the electric impact this election, and this President’s forthcoming term, would have on our 21st century American society and culture. The frustration it would incite, the commentary it would fire, but most stirring, the popular culture and art it would inspire.

Cue The Public Theater’s, Summer 2017, production of Julius Caesar. Caesar and Calpurnia bear an unmistakable resemblance to a certain orange tinged, red tied leader of the free world & his high fashion, Eastern European accented wife. Pussy hats and “Resist” decorated shirts and arm-sleeves abound.

I find myself disappointed by the news that Shakespeare in the Park has lost some corporate sponsorship in direct relation to this production. Not necessarily surprised, but certainly disappointed. This action is in such strong contrast to what I assume is the opening of any performance held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. In a strong and comforting voice, they say over the speakers:

This is your theater. It belongs to the City of New York. And all are welcome.

In spite of this recent gesture, Julius Caesar will continue to provide some much needed comic relief and captivation. Corey Stoll as Brutus is an approach to Shakespeare that really moved me. While the typical actor likes to adopt a sort of haughty tone, Stoll modulates so well, making his lines so dynamically emotional and the meaning of the words instinctively comprehensible.

Performances of Shakespeare: for free, for anyone, held in Central Park, during NYC’s terrible and wonderful summers, executed so well… is a wildly important initiative. One that the audience members rightfully and gratefully appreciate, and that sponsors should feel honored to support.

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Let’s get political:

Human beings are forever testing the limits of their humanity. Corruption is not a new issue, elite’s doing their damnedest to maintain their elitism is not a new effort, it is simply base intuition to act upon and protect one’s best interests. Every century or so, however, a society’s system is rebooted, there is a Rebellion, a Renaissance, a Revolution, a Resettlement. After the succession of these recent waves of Industrialization, Globalization, and now blatant Corporate Domination, I’d say the United States is due for a reboot.

On a global scale now, Capitalism is the new black.
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Ode to Ptown

It’s always a strange sensation to recognize how seemingly intimate places have the capacity to inspire so many people, throughout history, when the inspiration it has fostered in you feels like such a personal experience. Provincetown, Massachusetts, that colorful and rambunctious village, has become an ingrained aspect of my identity, as most iconic spots in Massachusetts have.
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ASSA 2015

Last weekend, I sat in at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Sciences Association. Having many meetings organized by the American Economic Association, my intention remained to be the continued exposure to the professional field of economics.

Now, that sounds rather dry, I realize, but I insist that this post has relevancy to any and all who may read it.

Briefly, the purpose of this annual meeting is for professional and academic researchers to present their work (projects they have been working on for years or have recently started), and also for attendees to network on a hyper level. Getting a glimpse at what topics are consuming the resources and attention of these esteemed and influential individuals, institutions, and universities is an incredibly illuminating glimpse of what issues are concerning the greater population.Read More »

Playing Film Critic Again

A film critic is not something I’ve ever aspired to be.
However, I have played the part before, and when you stumble upon such gems as the two movies which my eyeballs have recently digested, it’s practically criminal to not share your experience and to not urge others to view them for their own interpretation.
Last night, I was visually spoiled by The Great Beauty, and today, I was witness to the workings of Citizenfour.
Rather than in the order of social significance, I’ll address them in chronological order, by which I viewed them.

The Great Beauty, in essence, is a sumptuous film.Read More »

Sugar: Nutrient and Drug

With Halloween being just a day away, now seems a fitting time as ever to talk about disguises and poison.

With that particularly vague statement, I am addressing “sugar”, by which you can assume I am referring to any number of widely used, added sweeteners: cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, etc.
Sugar is ambrosia, the sweet nectar of the Greek gods.
It’s instant energy without the hassle of thorough digestion.
It very well may be one of the key participants in human evolution and advancement, along with beer and wheat (similar products I know, but I’m referring to their applications).
In short, sugar has become a very valuable ingredient in our modern diets.Read More »

Economics: A Story of My Niaveté

My original understanding of economics went something like this: “well it’s like a more practical philosophy”. I don’t mean “practical” as more valid, but naturally more applied rather than perceptive. Seeing as how our lives revolve around money and the exchange of it for goods, experiences, services, social needs etc., economics seemed to be all about the fine details of how this money is shifted around and how people, companies, organizations, governments, etc. decide where it goes.Read More »

Personal account from a Millennial

There are a few social issues that have been circulating around for the past few years, that are gaining a lot of traction recently.

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
Knowing Your Value, Mika Brzezinski
The Unbelievers (2013)
Religulous (2008)

I find all this very strange, because these hardly seem like “issues” to me, as in “an important topic or problem for debate or discussion”. While there are riveting conversations on panel discussions, bestsellers based on these topics, “exposés” on the news and in incredibly well made documentaries, and in common conversation with my elders… They just seem to already be figured out in my brain and in the brains of the bulk of my friends.Read More »