An art museum where the guards encourage you to touch the art? Sounds ludicrous. Anyone who has visited a traditional art museum, such as The Metropolitan in New York City, knows the experience to be a fairly serious, solitary one; wary eyes follow your every move as you float silently through opulent rooms filled with precious artifacts. Don’t talk. Don’t breathe. Don’t touch. The Cooper … Continue reading The Cooper Hewitt: A New Model for the Museum Experience?
Though separated by several generations, I have always felt connected to Frank Sinatra through my Italian-American heritage. I still fondly recall dancing around my living room on top of my father’s feet to “Come Fly With Me,” and other Sinatra classics. My paternal grandfather—a proud Italian-American—was of the same generation as Sinatra, born just two months after him to Italian immigrants. And yet, despite the … Continue reading REVIEW: Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill
I don’t like Kurt Cobain’s singing voice. I can appreciate his grunge-rock gravel and the vocal strain it takes to keep the high notes in his chest rather than sliding into his head voice, but I don’t like the nasal quality of his singing. Yet, somehow, not liking his voice did nothing to hinder my enjoyment of Nirvana’s 1993 session on MTV Unplugged. The band … Continue reading But I Liked What He Had To Say…
With the recent success of coming-of-age Netflix Original movies like To All the Boys I Loved Before and The Kissing Booth, revisiting the work of the father of the genre seems a worthwhile investigation. Pretty in Pink (1986) is one of several of writer-direc tor John Hughes’ teen movies lauded for a moving and honest depiction of small-town teenage life. Starring Hughes’ muse, Molly Ringwald, … Continue reading Revisiting a John Hughes Classic in the Age of Netflix Teen Movies
Tash Sultana’s hypnotizing debut album FLOW STATE immerses the listener in an exploration of diverse instruments and irregular tempo. Sliding between haunting falsettos and gravelly gut notes as layered instrumentation creates reverberating depth, Sultana serenades their listeners into a “flow state,” which they describe as a state of mind where one is fully in the moment. The late-night-listening jams feature strong beats and instruments ranging … Continue reading Review: Tash Sultana Transcends on Debut Album ‘FLOW STATE’
by Megan Mirabito When people go off to college it is easy to get trapped in the “campus bubble.” Between classes, making new friends and adjusting to dorm life, the idea of getting involved in the surrounding community is often far from students’ minds. But getting involved in your college town has several benefits. For one, it can help to make college feel like home. Whether it’s going out on the … Continue reading There’s More to College Life Than The Campus: How to Engage with the Community and Why It’s Important
by Megan Mirabito The Digital Media and Journalism department at SUNY New Paltz has undergone several changes over the past few years and Professor Lisa Phillips has been right in the middle of it. Phillips, an assistant professor of journalism, was recently appointed to deputy department chair. Phillips began teaching at New Paltz in 2003 and worked in radio for 12 years prior to that. … Continue reading New deputy department chair of journalism talks changes to the program and what is to come