Sunday’s Auction House in NYC: Art Collecting for the Regular Person

June 14, 2013

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“Most people are intimidated when they first come in, but soon they realize the guy calling the auction likes football, beer and chicken wings, and can have a normal conversation with them. It’s art collecting for the regular person.” This quote, from Sunday’s Auction House co-founder and auctioneer John Henninger, sums up the balance Sunday’s auction experience strives […]

Nelly’s “Hey Porsche” is the Saddest a Joyful Song Could Possibly Make Me Feel

May 18, 2013

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Whenever I hear Flo Rida’s “Whistle,” I cringe, thinking of soccer moms in minivans, mindlessly whistling along with their preteens. Wake up moms! It’s not about a whistle. Though I felt certain that song had hit the shameless, double entendre pop rap bottom, here comes our old friend Nelly to ensure that the wordplay bar remains […]

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Charli XCX and the Quest for the #songofthesummer

May 17, 2013

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Each year, when Spring begins to creep in, a couple friends and I like to speculate as to what new song has a shot of becoming the Song of the Summer. Sometimes it’s a dark horse candidate, some unlikely number we boldly believe deserves it; other times it’s a no-brainer. Around this time last year, […]

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We Will Always Miss the Old New York

May 17, 2013

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“There’s no such thing as street photography.”[1]– celebrated street photographer Garry Winogrand Artists often refuse to acknowledge their output as art, so this sentiment, while paradoxical, is perhaps forgivable, until you actually look at Garry Winogrand’s photographs of the New York City streets. Each photograph is a powerful expression, too affecting and too curious not to […]

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Why We Rebuild: Seeking Place and Community After the 1991 East Bay Hills Fire

May 16, 2013

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In 1991, a devastating wildfire swept through the East Bay Hills of Oakland and Berkeley, California, claiming twenty-five lives and 3,000 homes.[1] The Diablo winds, a hot, dry wind pattern that caused several disastrous wildfires in the same region throughout the 20th century, were again the source of this blaze. The fire caused $2.7 Billion […]

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The Accidental Journalists

May 16, 2013

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As someone who spends a lot of time consuming information in forms that didn’t exist fifteen years ago, then thinking about how crazy that is, my friends Amos and Jenna loom large in my brain. They are both journalists, both very good writers, and most of their pieces are found online. As a kid, I […]

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Unequal Benefits and Burdens: A Critique of the Fair Play Justification

May 16, 2013

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In his essay titled “Playing Fair With Punishment,” Richard Dagger presents a clean argument for societal fairness and balance, upon which he believes lies the justification for punishment. Dagger contends that rules and conventions are necessary to govern a society, as parameters for cooperation and fairness must be well defined. Maintaining a balance between benefits […]

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