“Smoking’s Hereafter: Theorizing Post-Cigarette America” 


winner of the Bascom Headen Palmer Literary Prize
An investigation into the cigarette’s evolution and development over the past century and a half. I trace a path beginning with the “discovery” of tobacco by European colonists on the North American continent all the way through the cigarette’s fall from grace and the subsequent development of the electronic cigarette.

What emerges in my analysis is a hypothesis on the relationship between the evolution of the commodity-form and the evolution of our socialized relationship to death. 

The ISA (The Instituto Superior de Arte, aka the The University of Arts of Cuba), since its 1976 inauguration, has produced practically every major artist to come from the Cuba. In this research essay, I chart this storied institution’s complex history.

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