Emilia Brahm

The Duff is not ugly or fat

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The Duff, directed by Ari Sandel and based on the novel by Kody Keplinger, will bring you back to familiar moments of invisibility (and worse, unasked for visibility). The film stars Mae Whitman as Bianca Piper, the “DUFF”—designated ugly fat friend—who is cyber-bullied by the popular girl (played by a wicked sharp Bella Thorne) when…

<i>Jodorowsky’s Dune </i>brings epic back from the recycling bin

Jodorowsky’s Dune brings epic back from the recycling bin


“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel Dune asserts an unattainable reality, a universe represented by the innovators who see one step beyond the expected and the logical. If assessed…

Under the Covers: Putin’s complaint


Oscar Wilde said that artists are useless. Of all the useless artists out there, some have to be more self-obsessed than others. In literature, Philip Roth comes to mind as one of the most masturbatory and indulgent of all time, as his own name appears in many of his novels. If it doesn’t, his alter…

Under the Covers: A conversation with Ben Marcus


Ben Marcus was a philosophy major at NYU grappling with Wittgenstein and Hegel, planning on continuing his studies at the graduate level. Somewhere in between, he found his calling in writing fiction. Marcus, 46,  published his first book of short stories, the delightfully knotty The Age of Wire and String, at age 24, to wide…

Under the Covers: Arendt and the banality of GUSA


Ah, the season of GUSA campaigns is upon us: “Connect to Georgetown,” “Together with Georgetown,” and “Building your Georgetown.” These slogans come together in the comforting hum of subtle smiles and provide a sense of belonging. While slogans are necessary to distill a candidate’s message, they have fostered a culture of bandwagoning. There is a…

<i>The Vagina Monologues</i> hit the spot

The Vagina Monologues hit the spot


In 2000, after Georgetown’s yearly production of The Vagina Monologues, Robert Swope (COL ’01) became angry. He wasn’t the first, but his article—never published by The Hoya, who subsequently fired him—was notable for its inflammatory language. He critiqued one of the monologues for “celebrating” rape and called the audience “clap-ridden sailors in a Southeast Asian…

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