• movies

    lonely arts club band

    cultural picks for late night

    April 5, 2019
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    “The neons and the cigarettes” When I arrived at Brown University three years ago, I didn’t have friends. I mean, I’d had friends —past tense—but here, immured in the red brick walls of a main green, under the skyline of an alien city, I felt completely and utterly alone. Sure, there were plenty of orientation […]

    haunted caretaker

    the shining, ambient music, and forgetting

    April 5, 2019
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    The first time I ever watched The Shining, it was well past midnight. I was wedged in between my best friends on a couch in a New Hampshire cabin, the stars alight outside. This was last December—during a brief weekend respite amid finals week, when I could concern myself with nothing but the sound of […]

    the year with no host

    predicting this year’s oscars by looking back at 1995’s

    February 22, 2019
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    It seems disastrous: For the first time in three decades, the Oscars will be presented without a host. While terrible choices are, to some extent, a conceptually necessary element of the Academy Awards—a ceremony that routinely honors the dubious likes of Sam Smith, Jared Leto, and Harry and the Hendersons—2019’s decision to ditch the emcee […]

    ascending through the clouds

    life, learning, and how to train your dragon

    February 22, 2019
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    The opening line of the first How to Train Your Dragon book is, “There were dragons when I was a boy.” There’s no warning—just the fact that there were dragons once, and then they were gone. As my official entrance to the HTTYD universe, this was an unpleasant jolt. What do you mean the dragons […]

    controlled chaos

    watching the lethal weapon series with my parents

    February 15, 2019
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    Content Warning: Mentions of suicide   I returned home last December to find my parents eager to do nothing but watch movies. I didn’t judge. I’m as solid a remote-holding companion as any, and the experience of the right movie can set a positive, unspoken mood that carries throughout the week. But at first, we […]