Autumn Bliss

From Thoughts on Autumn, Harvard, and the Future of Today’s Students by Nicholas Alahverdian, 2014 

“Autumn is typically associated with expiration, the death of the leaves on the trees and the mounds of yellow, red, and orange leaves gathering on the ground. But autumn is also a time of a sort of birth for the intellectual. Autumn helps to assist with the improvement of one’s mind, it is the time when most students are beginning again their studies.

“Autumn is the perfect season with which to engage in learning and study for me because of the colors of the leaves and the natural stimulation of the surrounding beauty of the landscape of whatever collegiate setting I would find myself in. It is especially inspiring and edifying, almost as if the colors surrounding me simply spark the creative corner of my brain.”

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Essay: Semiotics in Autumn Rhythm

By Nicholas Alahverdian
The Beauty of the End, the Hope of the Beginning 
The art of Jackson Pollock was critical to the growth and development of the Beat Generation.  His approach to abstract impressionism influenced his fellow painters, as well as writers and poets.  The visual complexity of his artwork served as a conduit through which he was able to relate the chaos of his generation to viewers of his paintings. His action paintings, including “Autumn Rhythm,” exhibited his command of the abstract expressionist form. My essay will focus on the creative process and the implications of this unique piece of art.
Obviously, Pollock’s work was that of a genius.  His painting style was not merely improvisational – it also incorporated characteristics reminiscent of those artists and authors who engaged in the practice of writing and/or painting in the style of stream-of-consciousness. Drip after drip, smear after smear, mixing the two – these techniques cumulatively defined the greatness of his work.  Loyal to his art and chronically dissatisfied with his performance, he lengthened his artistic stride to further his aesthetic interpretation of the world we live in. Continue reading Essay: Semiotics in Autumn Rhythm

NPR's Studio One influenced the design of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's Studio 6B

I knew that that wood looked familiar.

After careful analysis, it is plausible to conclude that NPR’s Studio One influenced the ‪design‬ of the studio of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Here’s a photo of Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey in Studio 6B and Scott Simon in NPR’s Studio One.

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