The Orris: A Cultural Journal

The Thesauri Crisii

It happened on the campaign trail of the presidential election of 2000. Five years before conspiracy theorists concluded that Dick Cheney brought explosives to the levees of New Orleans, major news organizations trumpeted that he “brought gravitas to the ticket.” No less than 16 different news commentators touted the same word-for-word hyperbolic revelation.

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November 4, 2012

Spotlight: Joshua Baptista

“I don’t want to tell people what to think with my work. I feel that there is enough white noise out there. I don’t expect people to have the same relationship with the work that I do”: The Orris asks mixed media artist Joshua Baptista about art, death, and inspiration.

September 28, 2012

The American Dream

This dream we have been taught to strive toward has failed him, yet he hasn’t given up on the dreaming part. Kay’s enthusiasm for his country wasn’t about his own economic well-being anymore. It involved governmental reform, and a better society.

March 2, 2012 · 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

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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