https://boomcalifornia.org/2018/05/15/viet-weekends/

The fact that someone from the author’s school life could become such a big part of her own personal life is something that often happens in Viet culture, I think. As an Asian-American kid, it can be difficult to find where you fit in when living in a predominantly Caucasian community. Viet school being the catalyst into the author’s group of friends and romantic interactions represents the processes that many kids go through these days growing up in America. The teacher becoming close to the family and even becoming a godfather is also just another sense of community, and what a place for educating about culture can do for the people involved. It’s beautiful!

From https://boomcalifornia.org/2018/05/15/viet-weekends/ by Thi Bui

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In Haruki Murakami’s excerpt in “Always on the Side of the Egg,” a concern about The System controlling others is brought up. The author compares people to eggs, calling them living souls with fragile shells. I think this is a really interesting way to represent humans, because of the background with eggs. Eggs are essentially where humans come from in birth, so the reconnection with eggs (which I’m assuming came from a chicken) is a full circle topic. Fragile eggs must also not allow themselves to be controlled or they might get hurt in the process, like being dropped or another way similar. I think the connection has more than one meaning and brings more attention to how easy to break humans really are.

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In Mohia Kahe’s poem, I think the connection to old tradition and modern society really comes out when the author explains her grandmother washing her feet for prayer in the bathroom of a Sears. The old tradition, prayer and the feet washing beforehand, is not interrupted even while out doing errands. The grandmother still finds it a fit area to prepare for her practice. The author, however, seems surprised at this, and points out the fact that the pair were in a SEARS. She represents the modern society, noticing that a Sears might be a strange place to practice tradition, while the grandmother represents old culture, not letting anything get in the way of her ideals.

Photo [All Rights Reserved] 2020 by Holcombe of Hidalgo

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In Vera Pavlova’s poem “To Converse with the Greats,” the author writes about religion. It illustrates the time at night one would go to pray and write out their holy texts. The author wrote this poem to highlight the idea that some religions have their followers speak to them through texts and senses that don’t involve the eyes. There are ideas that can only be seen through ways that the average human couldn’t do, the idea of religion being central to this. The mystery tied with speaking to a higher being can also be applied to the mystery of the universe. With how big it is, who’s to say we’ve found everything that can be discovered?

Photo [All Rights Reserved] 2007 by MayankBhogal

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Marc Maron being rejected from SNL can be connected to placing your worth on something or someone other than yourself. During times where you must show yourself to others to prove yourself, it is completely subjective. You cannot place your desirability on people like judges in a competition because they do not see anything but what you can give on a certain day. Any subject, like art and writing, is all subjective and if you sit around waiting for a judge to pick you when you’re having a good day, you won’t be able to improve yourself to have more good days.

Photo [All Rights Reserved] 2011 by Bahman Farzad

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There is a recurring topic in the Anthropocene Podcast about emphasizing how art is more about expressing pure feelings through the eyes of the artist. The artist uses their own experiences and funnels all their emotions into an outlet. Individuals connect to art differently, each person having a different perspective of their own, making it personal. The difference in perspective causes a bit of contrast between the audience and artist, but also connects the two together. If the two have the same experience, it doesn’t mean they will feel the same things in regards to art, as referred to by the podcast.

Art 2003 by Hiroyuki Doi

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