Seth Gordon

On a Culture of Isolation

As Minervans, we see our computers for—at the very least—three hours a day. But do we have the willpower to close our laptops after class ends and unplug from our e-lives? Perhaps a school whose success rests on our ability to acquaint ourselves to our computers inevitably ends up instilling in us habits of dependency on them. What kind of consequences could the indirect conditioning that learning always happens on a computer have on us?... Read More

Remembering Leonard Cohen

Known for cultivating a deeply personal oeuvre of song-poems addressing issues of sexuality, identity, morality, religion, politics, existence, and isolation, Cohen's work stands today as a watershed for the song as an artform for literary expression. He died on November 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, was one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.... Read More

Bob Dylan in the Age of the Mundane

Bob Dylan has always been terse and enigmatic. If there is poetry to found and examined in his song lyrics, it is for us to find—and the Nobel committee has made its stance clear on the issue. Our culture's ideas of high and low art, of art and entertainment, of profundity and of noise are evolving, seeking out new forms of expression and including more voices. To quote a famous poet, "the times, they are a-changin."... Read More