• Lauren Marin


    Why Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD Was My Album of the Year

    November 30, 2018
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    “Rollin rollin rollin got me stargazing—psychedelics got me goin’ crazy.” The much anticipated release of Travis Scott’s 3rd album, ASTROWORLD, was a midsummer holiday to be celebrated with respect. Arizona iced teas, Backwoods rolling papers, and high school half-friends packed into my mom’s minivan. Though we’d barely interacted since college began, the occasion was momentous […]

    he was a skater boy

    at the movies: mid90s

    November 1, 2018
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    It could have been us, if we had been a half-generation older. In the first scene of the Jonah Hill-directed film, Mid90s, 13-year-old Stevie breaks into his brother Ian’s room. With his stack of issues of The Source, his collection of Air Jordans, his long shelves of CDs organized alphabetically, and the Wu-Tang poster on […]

    too close for comfort

    the 5(+1) people we met in our freshmen dorms

    October 18, 2018
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    1) The Alarm Clock Every day exactly at 8:01 p.m., the boy would pass the common room lounge as he went to see his girlfriend. It became so routine that we would refer to him as the “Alarm Clock.” In fact, I no longer needed to check my cell phone for the time. Every Tuesday, as […]

    preview at the manege

    an artist alum in saint petersburg

    October 11, 2018
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    Cool rains had been falling in Saint Petersburg all afternoon. They had been falling when a friend and I ate an early dinner of falafel and bottled water on Vasilievsky Island; they had been falling when we walked across the Blagoveshchensky Bridge, the Neva River underneath us still and gray. That morning, I chose to […]

    three everyday fears

    climbing, croissants, and careerlab

    October 4, 2018
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    Before bed every night, I list fears that rise to the surface. Some are real enough to cast a shadow over my week: midterms, flu season, fatigue. Others are so irrational, I write “not real” in the margins. I think of these as everyday fears: not dangerous, but just real enough to stick. This week, […]