The oft-quoted astrophysicist lets loose on America’s incredible capacity for progress and innovation–as well as our straying from those ideals in the past couple decades. Tyson doesn’t think all hope is lost, however. In doing what we deem impossible–not because it’s easy but because it is hard–we can discover the most important aspects of ourselves and that which unites us all.
Inarguably the center of American capitalism as we know it, it should come as no surprise that New York is constantly reinventing itself. What may have been the site of a brutal shoot-out a few years ago could be a quiet residential neighborhood today, and eventually the site of a slew of rowdy bars or cosmopolitan boutiques tomorrow. Given its amorphous nature and equally diverse history, photographer Marc A. Hermann decided to blend the past with the present in this fantastic photo series.
Says Hermann, “New York is constantly changing and transforming, and tragedies that affected individuals’ lives are forgotten. We may stand on what was once the site of a horrific murder and not even know it, simply because life goes on.” These vintage crime scenes are a reminder that history is indeed fluid, and what you might see as picturesque today may very well be endowed with an incredibly bloody history.List View
The Reality Of “Happily Ever After”
For those of you who blame the deceiving phrase “happily ever after” for your unrealistic–and somewhat masochistic–approach to relationships, you’ll delight in photographer Dina Goldstein’s project, Fallen Princesses. Featuring a wrung-out and wrinkled Snow White chasing after a horde of saggy-diapered tots to a machine gun-clad Jasmine fending off foreign interventions, bombs and drones, Goldstein brings a bit of disenchanting realism to the enchanted lives of Disney princesses. Says Goldstein, “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues”. For more on Goldstein’s dystopian depiction of what awaits a princess after the fairytale ends, head over to Demilked.