• alisa caira

    walking through museums

    it’s harder than it looks

    February 28, 2020
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    If we haven’t gone to a museum together, I probably don’t like you very much. This isn’t to say anything against you—I’m sure I’m the problem in our potential relationship. It’s just that, at this point, I feel like I’ve gone to a museum with everyone I know—so many people, in fact, that I feel […]

    the art of the book

    or, a defense of non-essential coursework

    January 31, 2020
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    Who knows anything about necessity? Not me.   Imagine this: It’s last semester, and this campus is your oyster. You feel like you’ve really figured some stuff out since freshman year—what you want to concentrate in, who your friends are, how to manage time, and so on. You’re abundantly ready for—scare quotes—the rest of your […]

    mosh pit of love

    house parties were bigger than just music

    November 15, 2019
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    If my life were one of those cliche, high school movies, I know exactly what the first scene would be. It’s senior year, and my friends and I have left my car in some neighborhood in Boston, a few blocks over from our destination: a new music venue where our friend is performing. We dutifully […]