The Orris: A Cultural Journal

Man v. Car

I don’t know why I’m out here

On worn-down tires and pitted

Chrome, red and yellow sparks

Flying in little comets from

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July 27, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide

Instead of guiltily shopping at the giant corporate stores and regretting it, rethink your spending habits and invest in small businesses, artisans and craftspeople, or just make gifts yourself.

December 15, 2011

Music Brief: The Mallett Brothers Band

 Bringing you far away from the pavement and onto the back dirt roads of America,  the Mallett Brothers Band’s country rock style emerges from the slow grown woods of Maine. … Continue reading

October 15, 2011 · 1 Comment

Scene Report: The 2011 Austin City Limits Festival

It was early afternoon on the festival’s first day when I felt the first rain drop fall. I was standing near the edge of the Bud Light Stage watching Brooklyn … Continue reading

October 14, 2011

What Do You Do If The Spirit Is Willing But The Flesh Is Weak? Telling Life Narratives About Addiction

I am sitting in a Church Basement. The room is stifling hot and very crowded. Right after I enter, the session leader shuts off the lights. The soft glow of a few tea light candles emanates from the table,

October 14, 2011

To Listen is to Find Voice: Observations on the Occupy Wall Street Movement’s Community and Message

When I approached Joshua, 20, he seemed reluctant for an interview, but was going to give me a chance anyway. I asked him his age. His occupation. “Homeless,” he replied. … Continue reading

October 14, 2011

Visions and Nightmares: Art and Mental Illness

“And it is easy to slip into a parallel universe. There are so many of them: worlds of the insane, the criminal, the crippled, the dying, perhaps of the dead … Continue reading

October 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

Coney Island

On the boardwalk, English isn’t the first language you expect to hear; instead there’s a mix of a hundred different voices and tongues from all over the world. As I hear them speak words I don’t understand, I am reminded that they, too, are transplanted, and perhaps they come here too to find a bit of home.

October 9, 2011

Reliving The Three Kingdoms: Increasing Popularity of Sanguosha and Rise of the Chinese Culture

Eight Chinese college students gather in a small room, surrounding a table.

Lights are turned off. Candles are lit. Cards are distributed.

October 9, 2011

Lara Alegre: Photography and the Negotiation of the Female Form

Pictures of women have always held a special place in the world of gender politics.  A photographer’s portrayal of a young model is always wrought with analysis regarding the possession, … Continue reading

August 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

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