Halle Krieger

el capitan

he’s so high

at the movies: free solo

The first time Alex Honnold set out, without ropes or harnesses (what climbers call a “free solo”), to climb the sheer granite face of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot rock formation in Yosemite Valley, it was four in the morning on a fall day in 2016. Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi were there too,…

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scary sentences

things you don’t wanna hear

~~It’s spooky time~~ Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo. Your instructor has released grade changes and new comments for Midterm 1. These changes are now viewable. I want to give back your essays one-on-one, in my office. Your midterm isn’t tomorrow; it was yesterday. Never gonna give you up. I really can’t stay….

rose

landmarks

a walk through campus

The traffic lights at the intersection of Waterman and Brook change despite the empty streets on Saturday mornings, flashing red and green against the usually wet asphalt. Broken glass and crumpled beer cans catch in the gutters littered with fallen yellow leaves. In the quiet, a RIPTA bus announces that it is turning. A flock…

Maniac

Who Am I This Time?

watching “maniac” on netflix

How to briefly summarize Maniac? Let me begin by saying this—it’s Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, playing five parts apiece, in a ten-episode miniseries set in a retro-future where computers are sentient but line printers and fax are still in widespread use. There are multiple crisscrossing realities that crisscross and are either extended psychoses or…

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the rat lap

come for lunch rush, stay for run-ins

My first-ever Ratty meal, I forgot how to feed myself. The dining hall’s roundabout shape confused me; after half a round, I was already lost. Meanwhile, new floormates clustered: filling booths, picking at the salad bar in search of fries. I grabbed a fist-sized bowl, too small for dinner, and frantically filled it to the…