• Cricket McNally

    morning ritual

    more than the morning (coffee) grind

    April 25, 2019
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    For a long time, I woke up early. My dad, also an early riser, would almost always come to my door when he heard my alarm go off. He’d ask,“Would you like a coffee, CR?” It was too early to talk, but on those mornings we would drink coffee for a few minutes together, finding […]

    analysis: colton’s bachelor finale

    the most dramatic recap in bachelor history

    March 22, 2019
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    Arya Okten: Hi! This is Arya, and this is… Callie Zola: This is Callie! AO: …And we’re on post-, and we love The Bachelor! The finale, for all of you who didn’t know, aired this Monday and Tuesday—which, for us, was yesterday and the day before. And, in this season, the bachelor Colton, who is […]

    Three Queens

    Reckoning with Indie Supergroup boygenius

    November 9, 2018
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    Looking at my Apple Music last month, I noticed that among my most played songs were six by indie artist Phoebe Bridgers and three by indie artist Julien Baker. Over the past few years, female-fronted indie music has become something of a specialty of mine. So when it was announced that Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, […]

    little state of hauntings

    reflection on vampires, spirits, and halloween

    October 25, 2018
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    I was easily scared growing up. There was one episode of Scooby-Doo in particular that my sister and I would rent repeatedly from the local library: Its main villain was a disturbingly well-drawn vampire with the most startling hyena laugh. Yet, the most unsettling part came near the end of the episode. Instead of the […]

    federal funding, cultural cost

    the risky implications of a scientific-technological elite

    October 17, 2018
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    President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address is best remembered for its dire warning about the dangers of a “military-industrial complex.” Another famous presidential farewell address, delivered by George Washington in 1796, cautioned against the formation of political parties. Although these warnings have faded with time, they nonetheless persist in the memory and subconscious of […]