Music, Words

Berklee Bassists Remember Charlie Haden

(1937 – 2014) The Understated Genius at the Root of a Half-Century of Jazz Rich Appleman, Whit Browne, Joe Coroniti, Bruce Gertz, John Lockwood, Ed Lucie, Bruno Råberg Rich Appleman , Chair Emeritus Bass Department: In my opinion Charlie Haden was a great bassist, composer, and band leader. I first …

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Creative Nonfiction, Music, Words

Rock Music in a Little Girl’s Eyes

My childhood was filled with tennis lessons, moon-bounce birthday parties, boating at the yacht club, and Christian Rock Music. Life was balanced by two loving parents, a blonde baby brother, church every Sunday, and one of the highest rated school districts in Massachusetts.

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Music, Words

The Italian Feature

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Essays, Words

Introduction to Classical Ethiopian Philosophy

African philosophy in particular has suffered considerably from the pre-judgment; or, what others may explicitly call a Eurocentric racial gaze. The colonial and imperial projects on Africa produced narratives of what philosophy is and is not and imposed it on the continent of Africa, from which emerged the new and dangerous view that the colonized African subjects were by definition impervious to logical thinking, to systematic thought, to organized opining and to conceptual formations, four definitions of philosophy.

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Essays, Words

Ceci n’est pas un titre

You see it and get that nightmarish shiver you can only recall from your dreams. It is an image inviting you to get lost in the world in front of your eyes while the world behind them strives to decipher that strange familiarity. It is an unconventional word and a plot twist in the story. It is absurd and childish. It is real and abstract. A philosophy: surrealism.

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Reviews, Words

Jane Anna Gordon, Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon

Reviewed by Teodros Kiros

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Essays, Words

A Visual Analysis of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums

Although I had never seen a Wes Anderson film until very recently, I had always known him to be a quirky, indie, offbeat, and whimsical filmmaker. This assumption most likely grew from friends or family who have mentioned him in conversation, or critics whose reviews I have come across.

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Music, Poetry, Video, Words

Musical Interpretation of The Song of the Old Mother (1894)

Music by Matias Ambrogi Torres Lyrics taken from “The Song of the Old Mother” a poem by William B. Yeats from The Wind Among the Reeds (1899) [Link to Score]

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Creative Nonfiction, Words

The Life Saved By God

He was feeling smart and sly. It was 1996 on a cold day in the Orchard Park Projects in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and it wasn’t the first time he got away with selling drugs. He was feeling good to get that easy money, and to get that high. He thought he knew the game. If he got caught, he could find a public defender to get him off. The poison fire of alcohol and drugs was calling him, and the risks meant nothing.

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Essays, Words

The Pagan And The Priest: An Inquiry Into The Religious Colonization Of Ireland

ne of the rich traditions of Irish Culture lies in its unique mythology. The emblem of their history is defined by it, and its close ties to the mysticism and beliefs of paganism idiosyncratic to the island. Festivals of celebration, and the tradition of giving one’s self into excess is, at times, a producer of culture that can sparsely be seen in nations considered “civilized,” which is easily demonstrated by the concoction of tales surrounding Fairies, Banshees, and Gods that are fairly native to the populace of Ireland.

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Contests, Fiction

Winning Stories: FUSION Student Fiction Contest

 

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Contests, Creative Nonfiction

Student Creative Nonfiction Contest

Stories Based on Real Life: We’re looking for writing that is vital, ripe and engaging. Writing that pushes past or against literary or life’s boundaries, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.

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Drama

Berklee Student Screenplays

 

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Essays, Philosophy

Moral Economy: An Original Economic Form for the Human Condition

Teodros Kiros, PhD       MAAT was to ancient Egypt as Wisdom was to ancient Greece. Wisdom was to Plato’s aristocratic regime as Maat was to Egypt’s social and political life.

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Essays

Wittgenstein, Ordinary Language, and Songwriting

Pat Pattison       My world shifted forever one Tuesday afternoon, decades ago, in Bob Baker’s Philosophy 1 class at the University of Minnesota. Bob was making a case for Descartes’ distinction between Appearance and Reality, and my head was swimming a bit.

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Guests, Poetry

Four Poems from The Paul Simon Project

Karen Lillis       The Paul Simon Project (NightBallet Press, 2014) is an "album" of ten poems, one for each song title on the 1975 Paul Simon album, Still Crazy After All These Years. The poems explore subjects from relationships to class contrasts to my own take on escaping a vicious "Little Town" childhood.

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Fiction, Guests

The Bridge

Tim Keppel       A sultry midmorning in Cali, the sky a hazy blue. Stoplight venders hustling bubble blowers, pinwheels, lollipops.

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Essays

Humiliation — An Essay On Ingmar Bergman

Sean Brennan       In the final moments of Summer With Monika, Harry Lund (Lars Ekborg) reflects upon the happiest days of his life.  Defeated by both his wife’s betrayal and his own newfound cruelty, Harry reminisces on their summer together.

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Essays

The Things That Crushed Him

Michael Nasaruk       His right leg was shaking, out of control. The golden sustain pedal beneath his foot gained momentum and kept pressing back against the low and unstable pressure of his leg.

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Essays

Alien’s Ellen Ripley and NASA’s Anna Fisher

Spanning the void between fiction and reality       Taylor Page       Regardless of the photographer’s intent, this Life magazine’s 1985 cover of the American Astronaut Anna Fisher says it all: The New York City bread graduate Anna Lee Fisher (top) of UCLA ignites a intriguing comparison to Ellen Ripley: one of world’s most famous female heroes projected in film.

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Reviews

Beneath the Skin of “Under the Skin”

Taylor Page       “Under The Skin,” like most stories, relies upon a narrative that exists on the surface of the film: a seductive alien luring willing men into her grasp my means of a van that peruses the Scottish coastline.

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Fiction

The Sun of my Smile

Laura Sekarputri       Every time I look at my face in a mirror, I spot its dry skin, go away and forget the way I look. I hate the color of my skin. Like the ugly duckling, I’m the darkest among my family and friends.

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Philosophy, Reviews

Freeing The Imprisoned Self: A Memoir

Reviewed by Teodros Kiros. Ph.D. By George Eastman Dog Near Publishing, 2014 Silence. More silence. Space. More space. Time. Nothingness in the cold, under furnished room. There is more of everything, except for life. Everything is still. Time and space are silent also. One could hear the quiet. That is …

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FUSION is Berklee College of Music’s global arts magazine. We publish writing, photography, video, and music by the entire Berklee community: Boston and Valencia students, alumni, staff, and faculty, as well as featured guest artists.