Category: Essays

Sostenuto Origins

This statement about the origins of Sostenuto: The Systems-Thinking Magazine of Arts & Sciences was originally written when the magazine was known as permaCulture and updated upon the transition to Sostenuto. Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution brought the greatest technological…

“Green”-eyed Monsters

Following in the footsteps of Pixar’s previous full-length computer-generated successes, Monsters, Inc. provides eye-popping imagery, laugh-out-loud humor and three-dimensional characters — and I’m not just talking about the animation. Most significantly, though, like its predecessors, the film creates a complete…

A Prelude to Begin With

Life on earth has been evolving for billions of years. For all this time nobody was “in control” and, most of all, nobody was “managing things.” If anything could be said to have been in control, it was natural selection.…

“Isaac and Ishmael” and Ishmael

In response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, creator/writer Aaron Sorkin and the other minds behind NBC’s The West Wing decided to delay the official start of the series’ third season, quickly creating a new…

The Sad Meaning of A.I.

I used to idolize Steven Spielberg, feeling that he could do no cinematic wrong. Though I remain a devoted fan, I’ve become more realistic about his work. Spielberg is definitely not perfect. However, whether working at his peak (E.T. –…

Free to Be Seinfeld

For 168 episodes, Seinfeld reveled in the most minute minutiae, eventually spinning those trivialities into plots with the most cosmic interrelations. The show about nothing was, as has been suggested many times, always really about something. But those somethings were…

Murderous Pinko Propaganda

The picture is of Ali Alata, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, flipping the bird. His target, protesters for the freedom of the East Timor resistance leader, Xanana Gusmao. The caption reads, ‘Is this the man who wants to be the next general…