The Nerdwriter: Quality Content In The Age Of Youtube Poop.

The Nerdwriter: Quality Content In The Age Of Youtube Poop.

Even when we know art is good, we don't always know exactly why.

“A weekly video essay series that puts ideas to work.” That’s the idea behind The Nerdwriter, my latest and greatest Youtube subscription. I stumbled upon the channel after seeing its excellent video review of ‘Children of Men’, one of my favorite movies ever made (and arguably a very important movie for today, but that’s an article for another time). The review is part of a series that Nerdwriter runs called ‘Understanding Art’, and examines many kinds of media from an exceptionally concise critical perspective.

Just looking at the review of ‘Children of Men’, Nerdwriter does an excellent job of identifying themes – not only how they relate to current events, but also the movie’s innumerable cultural and historical allusions. Deconstructing art in this way is a thoroughly enjoying experience to watch, and the channel often goes one step further to argue a powerful interpretation of the work at hand. The experience then goes beyond enjoyment and allows for a far more cerebral understanding of the art.

Although most of these essays discuss films (since the channel’s host studied film in college), that’s not the only medium discussed. There are remarkably insightful readings of acclaimed poems, and discussions about paintings that have honestly reinvigorated my interest in classical art. There’s a particularly fantastic interpretation of William Butler Yeats’ Leda and the Swan that I’d be remiss not to recommend.

Nerdwriter isn’t just good at picking art apart – he’s a true Renaissance man, thinking critically about every facet of his essays. Even better, just about every one of his essays includes a bibliography for further reading and citation. All of this culminates in level of quality I’ve never seen before from a Youtube channel. Considering that the channel has now burst to over a million subscribers, I’m not the only one who thinks this.

Really though, that’s what I love about Nerdwriter’s channel. This is content that I would have loved when I was younger – it’s informative, engaging, thought-provoking, and has a universal love for learning. Indeed, even if we know when art is good, we can’t always justify exactly why. But Nerdwriter and channels like his helps us to better understand the work at hand, and in doing so, help us to understand ourselves.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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