Malibu Ken: Malibu Ken
Malibu Ken: Malibu Ken

Aesop Rock has always been funny, though listeners could be forgiven for not noticing. Anybody who raps this often about cats doesn’t lack for self-awareness. But between the claustrophobic production, the miserablist worldview, his imposing delivery, and the sheer density of his wordplay, his music scans as dead-serious even when it drips with pitch-black humor.…

How Anna Brones Works Half a Dozen (Cool) Jobs
How Anna Brones Works Half a Dozen (Cool) Jobs

In 2018, I started recording interviews with creatives (writers, filmmakers, podcasters, photographers, editors) in the adventure world. I’m publishing the highlights of those interviews monthly in 2019. When she’s filling out a form with only one line for occupation, Anna Brones puts writer. But if you want the long version of her résumé, you’d need to include…

Sarvam Thaala Mayam: This Rajiv Menon-AR Rahman musical plays up politics of Carnatic music
Sarvam Thaala Mayam: This Rajiv Menon-AR Rahman musical plays up politics of Carnatic music

GV Prakash in a still from Sarvam Thaala Mayam In the recent past, there has been a lot of noise on the alleged casteist-classist exclusivity of Carnatic music that has long since been converted into an urban, left-liberal rant. The narrative, that did have some merit in its original form, now looks like an aimless…

Grab a Free Spyro Reignited Trilogy Dynamic Theme for Your PlayStation 4
Grab a Free Spyro Reignited Trilogy Dynamic Theme for Your PlayStation 4

Sometime yesterday, Sony decided to drop Spyro Reignited Trilogy‘s Fiery Return dynamic theme for free on the PlayStation Store. Twitter user Wario64 spotted it in the U.S. store but other users found that the theme is available for free in Europe and Australia as well.Spyro Reignited Trilogy – Fiery Return Theme is free on US PSN…

When Buddhahood came Calling, I Wasn’t Ready to Answer.
When Buddhahood came Calling, I Wasn’t Ready to Answer.

Jeremy and I had been seeing each other for only a short time when we decided to take a weekend trip to my grandfather’s cottage on the Mississippi River. The three-hour drive from Madison through the southwestern Wisconsin countryside was beautiful. It was early autumn and the leaves were just beginning to change colors. We…

A honeymoon to remember
A honeymoon to remember

Kritika Batra and Ayush Saran came to Fort Kochi on their honeymoon in 2017 and just stayed on. They asked for their belongings to be sent across from Mumbai and quickly set up home here. Though the two had visited the city a couple of times before and had a unique 11-day tryst in 2016,…

Muzae Sesay: Living One Life
Muzae Sesay: Living One Life

Living One Life Interview by Eben Benson // Portrait by Cinque Mubarak  There are countless paths to becoming an artist, regardless of what any individual might suggest or recommend. To many, it may seem a futile pursuit, often not as glamorous as imagined and even more often, not as lucrative. But ask a handful of…

Hiroshi Fujiwara and Marc Newson: A Designer to Designer Conversation
Hiroshi Fujiwara and Marc Newson: A Designer to Designer Conversation

It’s rare to harness a public opportunity for two established designers to exchange ideas — the creativity involved is often singular in nature. But when the chance to speak with heralded modernist Marc Newson appeared, we wanted someone to be able to extract his thoughts in an organic and unrestricted manner that only a fellow…

Goodbye, Columbus
Goodbye, Columbus

Visitors pass the mural titled Columbus Coming Ashore at the University of Notre Dame. (University of Notre Dame) The Notre Dame murals are not a hill to die on, but where does the war on art stop? I happened to be in South Bend, Ind., a couple of days after the University of Notre Dame,…

Port. Deodorant for you
Port. Deodorant for you

Design: Polina Savina 3D Visualizer: Pavel Gubin Project Type: Student Project School: British Higher School of Art and Design Course: Visual Communications Tutor: Leonid Slavin Location: Moscow, Russia Packaging Contents: Mineral Deodorant Packaging Substrate / Materials: Plastic, Cardboard Printing Process: Offset, Digital printing, DebossingPort, mineral deodorant. This product is designed for active individualists, young men…