• arts and culture

    prouston, we have a problem

    the rigors of time, memory, and canonized french novellists

    March 1, 2019
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    The French novelist Marcel Proust often wrote that it is the individual’s duty to recover their own story—that in order to understand our true nature, we must understand how we see and have seen the world. Essentially, if you want to live a conscious—that is to say, “woke”—life, you must take some time alone to […]

    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 […]

    if it weren’t for you meddling kids

    a scooby-doo autobiography

    February 15, 2019
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    Content Warning: Mentions of eating disorders and body hatred   4 I’ve got a bump on my head the size of an egg and a cartoon dog is to blame. So what if I slipped racing back to the television? I wanted to see the climactic reveal! Finding out who’s really under the creature mask […]

    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 […]