Josh Steinbauer is an artist and filmmaker (Paper Stars, Cap’n Flapjack) in NYC. His work has been seen in Harvard Art museum, The American Folk Art Museum, galleries (Heaven, Third Ward, No Moon, Gen Art, 3 Walls), and published by the Times of India and numerous culture sites (Nowhere, Terrain, Aerogram, In Parenthesis). His favorite movie is Simple Men.
The presumed quiet of isolation was replaced by withdrawal shakes—like being five coffees deep in a morass of meme-culture doom-scrolling. I found myself engaging far too many headlines and far too few books. At some point I asked myself: What from this noisy world do I want to fill myself with? What can I do to amplify voices of insight, beauty, reason?