Albert Paley: Gravity, Sculpture, and Play

Albert Paley: Gravity, Sculpture, and Play

Less than a minute into my scheduled interview with world-renowned sculptor Albert Paley, we knew we had a problem. I wanted to talk about how he played as a child, but Paley wanted to know what I meant by play. And just like that he became the interviewer and I was the one reaching for…

To Gender or Not to Gender, That’s the Question

To Gender or Not to Gender, That’s the Question

I’m a bit of a mossback when it comes to language. Specialized usages and jargon set my teeth on edge. So when I overheard the rent-a-cop at the county fair lean into his walkie-talkie with “what’s your six?” when “where are you?” would do perfectly well, I started to grind molar enamel. But of course…

Playing with Your Head: What do You Do When Red Looks Blue?

Playing with Your Head: What do You Do When Red Looks Blue?

Did you know that it’s rumored that a simple game helped counterintelligence agents discover Russian Spies? For decades, this classic psychology experiment based in a simple, funny, yet devilish game continues to demonstrate how play reveals the inner working of our minds. Try this. Read the following set of words out loud: Red   Blue  …

Playing with Words: Word Ranger

Playing with Words: Word Ranger

During one of my recent late night channel-surfing interludes, I came to rest on the classic film Northwest Passage (1940). Spencer Tracy stars in the role of Major Rogers, dashing leader of the ragtag Rogers Rangers, a militia that patrolled the Lake Champlain region in the French and Indian War as it is still known…