Arts and Culture

A Swiftie Through Thick and Thin

Growing Up With Taylor

It’s about hour 14 into my Taylor Swift jam session when I realize I might have a problem. See, my old phone only has 8 GB of precious storage space, and I, ever the tasteful music fan, have filled that data space with every single Swift song. Ever. Swifties, they call us. We’re not all…

Sad Beautiful Tragic

Talking Through Taylor Swift’s Latest Album

On November 10th, Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album Reputation. The managing editor of A&C, Joshua Lu, and section editor Josh Wartel discuss the new album. Joshua Lu: Before I share my thoughts on the album, I should admit something: I’m just sick and tired of Taylor Swift. I’m tired of her as an…

Super Mario Odyssey (Jess Fleming)

mario’s new kingdom

nintendo’s odyssey into the unknown

Nintendo can’t help but switch things up. Look at its recent console history: The Wii, the first console to properly implement motion controls, was a commercial hit that bore no similarities in shape or design to its predecessor, Gamecube. The Wii U, a console that included a clunky, awkwardly sized gamepad necessary for playing, was…

Star Trek (Nayeon Woo)

space oddity

at the movies: Thor: Ragnarok

Plenty of Marvel movies have dealt in the art of the quip, but Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok is only the second to effectively weaponize irony. The first was James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), in which a newly buff Chris Pratt stood out in front of the action, mugging for the camera like Jim…

Somewhere That’s Green

Reflections on Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors

  As a musical, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s 1982 Little Shop of Horrors is near flawless. Infused with a spirit of anarchic, savage irony, and drawn from Roger Corman’s original 1960 film, it fires on all cylinders primarily because of its perfect score: an early-’60s blend of doo-wop, bubble-gum pop, and rock-and-roll. The original…