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The Arctic Monkeys Should be Arrested

The judge presiding over the courtroom massages his temples. He’s old. Old enough to have seen it all before, so the skin on his face moves easily under his fingertips. “The plaintiff will present their case,” he says with a nod to me. I stand, spilling paperwork from the table as I hurry to rise. “Your honour,” I begin. “The Arctic Monkeys have committed a terrible crime. Not a crime…

Break Your Paintbrush

Why Limitations Are Helpful You want to create, and you’ve been doing it your whole life. As a child, you drew pictures without worrying what others thought of them. You told stories with toys. As adults, however, our desire to create becomes complicated. The joy of simply doing is lost, and replaced with a host of anxieties and frustrations, as our imagination becomes better than our skill or ability to…

Lyrical Storytelling: Recycling the Chorus

Telling a narrative through song is by no means a recent invention. In fact, one could argue the original purpose of both songs and poetry in a pre-paper world, was to convey stories and information in a way that would be more readily remembered by the listener. Recently, however, I’ve noticed a lyrical gem tucked away in several songs I enjoy (where storytelling is the focus). I’m not educated enough…