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Not much love for horror movies. 

Let’s face it – as far as cinematic genres go, horror movies tend not to get much critical acclaim as art. There are, to be fair, some good reasons for artistic dismissal. A hefty percentage of horror flicks are fairly sloppily made excuses to satisfy a viewer’s bloodlust and

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At the start of every month, I’ll be publishing a “5 Monthly Reads” article, offering for your literary pleasure five of the best books I’ve read from the month before. Enjoy – and let me know in the comments what you think of the ones you do decide to pick up!
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What is a practice? For musicians, practice is a way of life – a constant companion on our musical journey. Amongst creative colleagues, I’ve noticed the same obstacles and difficulties when it comes to practice. Whether it’s yoga, dance, hitting the gym, or meditation all cultivated practices seem to generate the same issues. The first

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Meet Samuel Pepys. Born in London in 1633, Pepys was the fifth son of eleven children, born into a merchant-class family. Pepys attended Cambridge University, and entered the British Navy as a bureaucratic administrator. Finding himself particularly adept at the tasks of administration, Pepys rose in the ranks of the Navy Board, despite his lack

At the start of every month, I’ll be publishing a “5 Monthly Reads” article, offering for your literary pleasure five of the best books I’ve read from the month before. Enjoy – and let me know in the comments what you think of the ones you do decide to pick up!
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Uncertain bedfellows. How do art and politics relate to one another? Can they sit happily together? Are they mutually exclusive? 
 Are they destined to clash, or inherently connected? The political and artistic atmosphere of Chile in the 1960’s and 1970’s provides a rich opportunity to delve into the question in one particular time and

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Why do humans make art? There are many ways to answer this question. We can ask ourselves, other human beings around us. We can take brain imaging scans to try and trace neural patterns associated with the desire to paint, write, or sing, and we can look into our history to reveal ourselves. Looking at

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At the start of every month, I’ll be publishing a “5 Monthly Reads” article, offering for your literary pleasure five of the best books I’ve read from the month before. Enjoy – and let me know in the comments what you think of the ones you do decide to pick up!
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A version of this article previously appeared in Vol. 30 of Writer’s Journal. It all depends on your point of view… In all my years as a student, teacher, writer and reader, the most frustrating—most convoluted—writing topic I’ve ever encountered has to be narrative viewpoint. Writing instructors, writing books and literature critics invariably resort to

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“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ―Aldous Huxley Music in our modern world is more than entertainment. Knowing what kind of music someone enjoys can tell you a lot about them. Nearly all religions today use music as a tool of worship in some way, and music seems to

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