Arts and Culture

The Heart of the Bureau

J. Edgar’s new light on an American icon

Clint Eastwood’s new film J. Edgar follows the 40-year director of the FBI (played by Leonard Dicaprio) on his path from government underling in the 1920s to intelligence despot of the 1970s. Although Eastwood shows some of the transformations of America during Hoover’s reign as FBI director, major contemporary events like World War II act as mere…

Booze Scrawls

Gonzo adventures in The Rum Diary

In 1980, Bill Murray starred as journalist Hunter S. Thompson in Where The Buffalo Roam—a film that’s been alternately described as thinly-veiled comedy and highly fictionalized biopic by critics and viewers. This film was the first of three Thompson movies, each with varying degrees of success—Where The Buffalo Roam was critically panned and was subsequently forgotten, while…

Aural Fixation

audiobooks on the brain

One fine fall afternoon at the beginning of the school year, I was delighted to read the following Facebook status of a friend: Guys in cars love yelling things at me. Today’s gem (while walking down Wickenden reading my book): “Haven’t you heard of books on tape? Nerd!!” Irony aside, this anecdote dredges up the…

Music to my Memes

the democracy of the web

The internet is a wonderfully perplexing place. A website called “IsItTuesday.co.uk” informs the viewer if it is, in fact, Tuesday (it’s not). The infamous “Icanhascheezburger.com” is the most trusted source for pictures of cats overlaid with blocky, Microsoft “Word Art” text. The particularly endearing thing about this seemingly random mess is its democratic nature. Websites…

Transwho?

Nobel in Literature, Profiled

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer won the Nobel Prize for literature earlier this month, an award long overdue: the Swedish Academy has nominated him every year since 1993.  Now, after a debilitating stroke and a litany of poetry prizes, Tranströmer is becoming a poetic force without national boundaries.  However, only a few Americans at universities scattered across the…