Jana Brike’s “Superabundance of Ordinary Being” at Modern Eden Gallery.

Opening on Saturday, August 5th, 2016 at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, California is the excellent looking solo by Jana Brike, “Superabundance of Ordinary Being.”

In Superabundance, the artist is in her stride, working with a deft hand, she weaves a soft and supple, hyper-visual narrative. Her dream-like subjects are wrapped within the forest’s lurid color and pattern, where certain revelations are both discovered and feared. The works explore the overwhelming range of emotions, from the innocent to the ecstatic, sorrow to joy, and peak at the place where sensationally charged beauty meets a dangerous and wild nature. 

The show will be on display until September 10th, 2016.
11 Ways to Make Learning Arabic (Slightly) Easier
Any book that promises mastery in months is lying; more accurate is the common teachers’ adage “Seven years to learn it, a lifetime to master it.”

Mental Floss has an interesting article about learning Arabic. The first three points are good basic info to know about Arabic in general: 


Arabic is what linguists call diglossic: There’s one form for reading and writing and another form for conversing. The written version (called Modern Standard Arabic, MSA, or fusha) is consistent across the Arab world, while the spoken dialects vary from country to country and region to region. Teachers often don’t mention diglossia at the start—they don’t want to discourage you. But it’s a critical detail that will shape your study.


For basic usability, most beginning classes for foreign students are in Modern Standard Arabic. But for natural listening comprehension, you also need to study a dialect early on. I went too far down the MSA-only path at first, and I can now understand only when people speak painfully slowly—or when I’m watching SpongeBob SquarePants, which is dubbed in MSA. Plus, having some dialect will keep native speakers from laughing at you—spoken MSA makes you sound like, yes, a nerdy cartoon sponge. But which dialect? Don’t overthink it; just use your closest personal connections and circumstances.


If you have a good ear for languages, you can pick up the basics of a dialect fairly easily. But if you’re the type of student who needs to see words written to remember them, you’ll have a harder time—there’s a shortage of study materials for dialects. Either way, some facility with MSA is key for fluency in a variety of situations, as it enables you to read magazines and use dictionaries. And once you understand the logic of the language, you can make more educated guesses in dialect.

An apparently unpopular set of ideas
  • Fanfic is not something you write just because the ship you’re writing about isn’t canon (yet)
  • You can ship a ship without worrying about whether it will become canon
  • You can continue shipping a ship even after it has lost all hope of becoming canon
  • You can continue shipping a ship even after it has become canon
  • You can keep writing fanfic about your ship regardless of whether it becomes canon
  • You can keep writing fanfic about your ship regardless of what the creator says/does/thinks
  • You can write fanfic without worrying that canon will somehow render your fanfic pointless or unnecessary 
  • The show creators and what they do/say/think/write actually has nothing to do with your ability to write fanfic, or to ship your ship
  • Fanfic is not only something you do in pursuit of a shipper ideology that only flows towards canon and in no other direction
  • Your ability to write fanfic or ship a ship will not be ruined by canon
  • Fanfiction is something you do because you like the characters and want to explore the world
  • Shipping is something you do because you love the characters together
  • Neither of these things have anything to do with canon at all

Happy birthday to one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Marcel Duchamp. This great conceptual artist continually pushed boundaries and challenged us to rethink everything we know about art. Check out our collection of his work here.

Marcel Duchamp (Three-Quarter View),” 1933, by Carl Van Vechten © Carl Van Vechten Trust