• arts and culture

    And the Oscar Goes To…

    the 83rd annual snoozefest

    March 3, 2011
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    That most joyous time of year has come and gone, when friends and family all gather ’round the television to celebrate one of America’s most respected and culturally resonant institutions. No, not the Dancing With the Stars finale–I’m talking about the Oscars. Sunday’s Academy Awards were, on par with tradition, a snooze-fest. Certainly, part of […]

    Haunted Homeland

    stories from a divided Kashmir

    March 3, 2011
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    I grew up in India, where Kashmir is a constant, heartbreaking presence. I would read news reports of stone throwing, deaths, and battles and feel a somewhat detached sorrow. After Basharat Peer’s book Curfewed Night won a prestigious nonfiction award in India, I was eager to read it. Not only does it offer an insider’s […]

    Girl Crazy

    mash-up masters

    March 3, 2011
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    Gregg Gillis could be a biomedical engineer. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a focus in tissue engineering. But after entering the workforce, working R&D on a project aimed at stimulating the inner ear to induce sleep, Gillis abruptly quit in May 2007. He had decided that his blossoming side-project, a musical “mash-up” experiment called “Girl Talk,” would be […]

    Shows You’re Probably Not Watching…But Should Be

    February 17, 2011
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    Parks and Recreation – NBC Following in the footsteps of The Office, Parks and Recreation offers the same stone-cold, workplace satire with one crucial difference: the characters are likable, even at their most preposterous. Dead serious about her job, Deputy Director Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) fights tooth and nail for local parks and community initiatives. Despite a […]

    Go Ask Alice

    drunk in wonderland

    February 17, 2011
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    My first taste of alcohol—and subsequent inebriation—was brought about by the most innocent of wishes. All I wanted was to be Alice. She chased fluffy white rabbits, she could grow taller and smaller (height has always been an issue for me) and she didn’t even need to pack a bag to go to new places. […]