The Orris: A Cultural Journal

 The Orris Book Swap @ Allston Village Street Fair

The Orris is hosting a book swap at the Allston Village Street Fair this Sunday, September 23 from 12-6. The Allston Village Street Fair is an all-ages, free event featuring live music, street performances…

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September 21, 2012

Moments in Nature: Christopher Ives

In the words of Henry David Thoreau, ‘I have been anxious to improve the nick of time… to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.’ In a very objective way, releasing the shutter for me is just that, to capture the present moment, and ‘toe its line’.

September 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Artist Profile: Ernest Williamson

I’ve always been fascinated with visual art and poetics; however, I came to the realization that I was an artist at the age of nineteen. After a nervous breakdown, I began to create visual art at a feverish rate and interest in my work grew rapidly.

September 7, 2012

Motivation

I was so far back from the starting line I couldn’t hear the starter gun. As I crossed the starting line, I started my stopwatch, hearing the beep that had become all too familiar the past two months. It was hard to move, one step too fast and I was running over somebody…

August 31, 2012

He’s a Vampire

Not long ago, a noted academic

Told me, in reference

To my misuse of the word “polemic”

In an abysmal book review sentence,,,

August 24, 2012

Art: Fabio Sassi

“I’m inspired by putting together different subjects trying to create weird perspectives. I’m also inspired by the news and the global issues.” The Orris shares the eco-political artwork of Fabio Sassi.

August 21, 2012

“Revelation”

Most things change,

leave shards.

The spirit-letter thing

stays hard.

-Guy Rotella

Illustration: Bryan Ramey

August 14, 2012

Farmers Markets In Your City

We love the harvest season, that period of late summer and fall when the crops have ripened, the bounty picked, and the bushels are brought to market to share. The vibrancy and tenacity of the harvest is best showcased at local farmers markets.

August 10, 2012

Le Gris des Fleurs

A day in the seasonless house.

For each grey, a flower

. . .

August 7, 2012

Spotlight: The power of “o-c-O-C” : Environmental Organizing

Trevor Lovell, the environmental program coordinator for Public Citizen’s Texas office and co-founder of ReEnergize Texas, speaks on the power of “o-c-O-C” (pronounced “aukuh-aukuh”).

August 3, 2012

Spotlight: The Maine Farm Chick

There’s this bumper sticker I keep seeing, “No Farms, No Food.” I guess that’s the basic nature of it. But beyond that, people tend to see neatly packaged food in the supermarket and forget where it came from.

July 31, 2012

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

July 27, 2012

Call for Submissions: Competition

The Orris is seeking critical and creative work on the theme of “Competition” for our next issue. Essays, fiction, poetry, artwork, photography, music, film, and other digital mediums are welcomed.

July 27, 2012

The Planet is Creative and So Must We Be

Ecologists, rooted mostly in scientific disciplines are woefully ill-equipped to communicate their systemic ideas to the mechanically trained minds of Western Industrialized citizens. Support and initiation of this cultural shift must originate from the arts.

July 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Allston D.I.Y Fest and The Orris Book Swap

Allston D.I.Y Fest is a free celebration of Do-It-Yourself ingenuity and creativity taking place this Saturday, July 21 in Ringer Park, Allston, MA. The festival is organized by a collective of Allston locales, promoting participation from the community at every level.

July 20, 2012

Artist Profile: Roeya Amigh

“I want the viewer to come close to my paintings. To look at my paintings.” The Orris sat down with painter Roeya Amigh to discuss her work, her Iranian home, and the necessarily fine line between beauty and darkness.

July 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Issue Three: Letter from the Editor

To live environmentally is not just to work toward conservation, but to be an observant, mindful participant in our complex global, social and natural ecosystems. In this issue of The Orris, we look at the environment as not only the natural world around us …

July 13, 2012

Issue Three: Table of Contents

Forthcoming: New Content Every Tuesday & Friday. Subscribe or Like us on Facebook to get updates on newly released content.

July 13, 2012

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