• olivia lunger

    words we never knew

    discovering new words for old feelings

    February 7, 2020
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    I’m watching a “Cutest Moments on the Bachelor” YouTube video with my friend Ben, landscape shots of tropical islands flipping to footage of intimate conversations in perfectly constructed gardens. The video cuts to a close-up of a contestant holding her face and grinning into her hands, too giddy to formulate whatever she hopes to say. […]

    truthfully, objectively

    top 10 albums of the 2010s

    December 6, 2019
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    2010: Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest Listening to this album in early high school, I imagined that I would one day walk down a collegiate sidewalk listening to “Memory Boy.” Or listen to “Revival” while perusing my wardrobe for low-rise jeans that are two inches (not one) below my belly-button, or while attempting to cook a […]

    this is weird

    college (preparation) as a cultural institution

    November 15, 2019
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    In the morning, maybe ten minutes before my alarm goes off, I float about halfway to consciousness. With my eyes still closed and dreams starting to fade, I become aware that I’m lying in bed, under a blanket. I think it’s my bed at home, in Greenville, North Carolina—the wooden frame my parents got at […]

    cracking open a cold one

    one woman’s exploration of beer’s past and present

    October 31, 2019
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    A bottle of Heineken turns slowly on the screen, revealing the logo of the UEFA Champions League. The final game is the coming Saturday and, according to the narrator, “you are going to watch it with your friends, having a Heineken.” This is an actual commercial that aired in Brazil in May of 2014. The […]