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Planning Ahead

do I need the pill on college hill?

The paper covering the examination table crinkled under my jeans as I crossed and uncrossed my legs. Children’s books sat in a metal basket attached to the wall, and a brightly colored mural of the planets adorned most of the room. It was my farewell appointment with my pediatrician. I was 18 and leaving for…

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Never Trust College Eggs

missing cooking while on meal plan

This advice came from a boy I knew for two weeks in July of 2015, a boy from Wisconsin I haven’t talked to since and who, really, I only knew through his roommate. Complicated relationships aside, his pithy lesson has stuck with me, and I still look warily at the industrial trays of scrambled eggs…

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a literary scandal

elena ferrante’s true identity

I remember exactly what my father asked when he saw me reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling for the first time: “Do you know why the cover only has her initials?” I had no idea. He told me it was because her publishers thought that people wouldn’t want to buy books…

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Writing is a Way of Living

a conversation with author Daniyal Mueenuddin

Daniyal Mueenuddin is the author of In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, a short story collection that depicts the family and servants of K.K. Harouni, a wealthy Punjabi landlord. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Mueenuddin was brought up in Lahore, Pakistan, and Wisconsin. In this interview, conducted…

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Of Mountains and Movies

A Week at the Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival is the pot-smoking, capitalism-hating bohemian of the film festival world. While most of the major film festivals, from Cannes to Venice to Toronto, revel in the glitz and commercial spectacle of it all, Telluride runs a quieter operation focused solely on the movies. No competition, no paparazzi or free critics’ passes…