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Rhetoric Magazine: Vertigo

Rhetoric Magazine: Vertigo

Dear reader, welcome to our fourth annual issue: VERTIGO. Brew yourself a cup of tea, turn on your speakers (to enjoy the soft tunes of our soundtrack contributor, Jordan Pier), and enjoy 131 pages of our mind’s creations. In this issue, you can explore the work of twenty-seven artists, carefully...
All You Need

All You Need

So it’s back to that time of year again where my occupation is decidedly student: cramming knowledge, procrastinating, staring at a screen, procrastinating and living like royalty – i.e. eating out of a saucepan. But what about some funky music to fill your day, not only to remind you of...
NYFW: 6 Top Women’s Trends

NYFW: 6 Top Women’s Trends

With Paris fashion week underway, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve seen the past few weeks. Some amazing designers showcased their spring designs in New York, including Alexander Wang, newcomer Adeam, and Opening Ceremony, whose show opened with a play written and directed by Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze....
Calling all layout artists!

Calling all layout artists!

Curious minds and creative hearts, We are looking for three layout artists to join our team for the fourth issue of Rhetoric Magazine: VERTIGO. If you enjoy designing posters, making collages, fitting words and images on a page to fulfill aesthetic visions, we need you to join our project. Layout...
From Cuba With Love

From Cuba With Love

    Transport yourself to Havana here! Sample something [perhaps] a little different to shake up your pre-going-out-playlist with this infectiously upbeat mix of reggaeton and Latin American style tunes. The genre of reggaeton has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music, derived from Jamaican reggae, which spread around the...
Happy And I Know It

Happy And I Know It

  Get happy here! This week’s playlist is an eclectic mix of hip hop, reggae, drum&bass and dancehall genres, where artists have seamlessly mixed various cultures and sounds, as you can hear in the first track by Mos Def, where Brooklyn rap/Hip hop meets Jamaican reggae. Kat Dahlia (featured to the right) brings...
Doing the Unstuck

Doing the Unstuck

It’s a perfect day for letting go for setting fire to bridges boats and other dreary worlds you know - The Cure It has been a while since my last playlist, so this week’s playlist has a theme of getting back into things you should really be doing, whether it...
Become a curator

Become a curator

As the number of contributors grows, we must change our community structure to reflect this growth by becoming faster and more flexible while maintaining the artistic integrity of our magazine. To do so, we are now opening up a new position: curators. As a curator, you generate a creative concept for...
For All You Single Valentines

For All You Single Valentines

Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well. And so begins M.I.A.’s anthem of sexual female empowerment. Quite the song to start this Valentine’s Day playlist with, huh? What follows is a slew of favorite and oh-so classic single-girl hits, with a twist. Just see the David Aude remix of...
Thrilling Throwbacks, you feel?

Thrilling Throwbacks, you feel?

It is the era we grew up in; the era we feel most familiar and at home with; the era we have come to love the most as we roll into 2014. What is it? Why, the 90s of course. Compiled here are a list of the classics dating from 1990...
New Issue: Circles & Cycles!

New Issue: Circles & Cycles!

HELLO. WELCOME. I am so happy that you’re here. I want this issue to give you the feeling of freedom, of pleasure, of absurdity. For many of the pieces in this issue, I feel a circular energy reflecting returning and moving forward and the ruggedness and uncertainty which is associated...
The Apocalypse is Now

The Apocalypse is Now

Sculptures by Aris Katsilakis Written by Malashree Suvedi The apocalypse is now. It opens at our end; and I feel like I knew you once even though you’ve become disfigured and dimorphic, and the love I felt for you is displaced.  I do know who you are, technically, but you...
Insomniac

Insomniac

Photo by Diane Landro Written by Ali Sutherland Amnesiac, Aphrodisiac, Insomniac. It all sounded so romantic and mysterious. A disease of writers too impassioned by their words, Kept up at night by sporadic inspiration that would spur them from their sheets Like evidence of angst and rumination or reflection. But...
The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Written & Illustrated by Luis Miguel Munoz The first was Lust. The expression of desire was an idea I wanted to build from. Wanting and yearning are emotions that I find intoxicating and I wanted to recreate these with a single look. I wanted fixation, intimacy and misdirection to radiate from...
A wedding more beautiful was never seen

A wedding more beautiful was never seen

Art by Sereana Lindsay Written by Maia Taylor A wedding more beautiful was never seen Than that of Martin Haywood and Penelope Green. Her mother, crying, walked her down the aisle, While chubby flower girls shuffled behind in single file. It was her mother who reluctantly gave her away On...
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Fluid

Fluid

Written by Matt Fielding These images relate to the fragility of the human body, and how quickly health can be taken away. As i see it, death is fluid and unpredictable and these images are made to remind us that that life is precious. The form of the circle is a critical element as it...
Leaving Richmond

Leaving Richmond

Written by Melanie McKinley With over 5,000 miles between us, eight hours of time difference and two conflicting accents, I was speaking with one half of leaving richmond, Jordan Pier, for the very first time.     I had just been introduced to the music of    atmospheric, rock instrumental band. Jordan Pier made the 3,000 mile trip...
Sound Bite

Sound Bite

Written & Photographed by Ashley Laramie To fall in love with a band is a process- one with many stages. The album is purchased. Every lyric and guitar solo is inked on brain tissue to a neurotic degree. A crush is developed on the mysterious lead singer. The songs eventually hold more than just meaningless...
Circular Apathy

Circular Apathy

Photo by Matt Fielding Written by Ailsa Anderson With such kindness, such theory takes on redundancy Shattered in the face of those creases Melted in all of the jargon they cannot understand But the pain alleviates with simplicity, to help the one or the many The dilemma instilled from those words discussed years ago Among...
Keys

Keys

Photo by Hannah Ustun Written by Malashree Suvedi You’re back again. I forgot my keys. Please; quick, leave. Without me, you would be nil. I’m already nil, already dead, my movement’s not my own, I am a ceiling fan hanging from my neck twirling with your every whim, I am a slave to your will....
While you were wanting me

While you were wanting me

Photo by Hannah Ustun Written by Emily Harris I think that perhaps I waited in Someplace before the rain and songs while the sun taught me how to travel – how to reach from Someplace to Yourplace (with the sun, I lingered and watched). I waited for your patient longing to be a strong enough...
PART I: The Birth of the Elusive

PART I: The Birth of the Elusive

Photo by Hannah Ustun Written by Ali Sutherland, Ailsa Anderson & Nelly Matorina Preclude:  I am free! I have rid myself of all of this horrible culture! At an earlier breath in space and time, an idea was formed that in order to distance yourself from your own living, breathing, feeling morality all it takes...
All Consuming

All Consuming

Photo by Matt Fielding Written by Ailsa Anderson What you’re buying isn’t there, it’s a symbol, a connotation, a representation of what you think it will make you become. What you want to be is a combination of every TV show, every character you’ve ever related to, you have an idea, of an idea, of...

Procrasination

Humans – invented the arbitrary nature of time - are the only earthly species that becomes anxious over the temporal pressure to leave their legacy universal anticipation of fearful regret of living an unfulfilling life. What constitutes an unfulfilling life? • A failure to set meaningful goals • Inability to fulfill goals In both cases,...
The Blanket (The Vibrations)

The Blanket (The Vibrations)

Art by Melissa Wilson Part I I’m vibrating. I am shedding the stories and the narratives, the artist’s fictions that we have been telling ourselves, both on a collective and on a very individual level, and I am slowly rolling into this place of, well, life. I sit, and I experience, and I am in...
"Share" Your Style Online

“Share” Your Style Online

There are few aspects of life that technology and social media hasn’t shoved itself into. The average internet user has 25 accounts on different websites which require passwords, though for many young adults that number is even higher. Most of us in Western society (and much of the world) have a Facebook account, and the...
Feed the Models

Feed the Models

Clearly, I love fashion. I love reading about it, writing about it, working with it, learning about it, and the art of it. However, there are many questionable aspects of the industry, namely the modelling industry. High fashion runways are a trail of tall, boxy, Caucasian double-zero models. Runways and magazines get heralded as open-minded,...