• arts and culture

    i hate music

    get that s*it out of my ears

    April 25, 2019
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    At the end of a particularly strenuous day, my hands can’t seem to reach for the remote control fast enough. In a world where music seems to be the prevailing form of escapism, I choose instead to turn to my favorite characters for comfort. Of course, we all find solace in art—but I’d rather wait […]

    lost in the groove

    one boy’s unhealthy obsession with afrobeat

    April 12, 2019
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    In the future, when science identifies all the different species of human introvert, perhaps gathering them together into the world’s least exciting museum diorama, it’ll be easy to pick me out. I’m the one frozen in furious motion on the plaster sidewalk, headphones strapped to his ears—present for all the world to see, but hopelessly […]

    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 […]

    sing a strong song

    fighting patriarchy in words & music

    March 22, 2019
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    If I told you ’bout my sex life, you’d call me a slut When boys be talkin’ about their bitches, no one’s makin’ a fuss. (Lily Allen, “Hard Out Here”)   It’s no secret: The patriarchy exists to screw women over. From the workforce to the schoolyard, systems ingrained with sexism lie in wait, ready […]