A Not-So-Brief History of Time: Meme Archaeology

Everybody knows what a meme is and can give examples of one, but did you know there’s actually a scholarly definition for it? In 1976, a meme was defined as something that “conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation”—in other words, it’s a piece of cultural information that gets passed on, sort of like a more-benign form of … Continue reading A Not-So-Brief History of Time: Meme Archaeology

A Millennial Female’s Thoughts on Rupi Kaur

Instapoetry has been taking over the once gloried world of Shakespeare and Byron, Ginsburg and Dickinson. As every generation of poets has done before, the #instapoets have taken an ancient form and, in the ultimate act of cyclical artistic rebellion, made it their own. And like every generation before, accusations of tastelessness and artless pandering are echoing through literary circles. But what is it about … Continue reading A Millennial Female’s Thoughts on Rupi Kaur