Micaela Beltran

Under The Covers: Emotion muddles the water of McEwan’s latest endeavor


A book by Ian McEwan is always well-received. Author of several award-winning novels, such as Saturday, Amsterdam, and the popular masterpiece Atonement, McEwan is famous for his harmonious structure and attention to detail. A feature in The New Yorker describes how his “empirical temperament” sets him above other acclaimed contemporary writers because he compiles thorough…

Under The Covers: “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”


The virtue of the word “feminist” is still a contentious topic. I’ve heard friends say that the term implies misandry and that the history of feminism is racist—many women of color don’t feel comfortable using the term. While these are valid arguments in a persistent debate, this tension doesn’t mean we should toss the word…

Under the Covers: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Under the Covers: Somewhere Over the Rainbow


This column originally appeared in The Georgetown Voice. It can be found on the main site, here.  When we look at our lives in hindsight, we tend to see the events as having fallen into place, like puzzle pieces naturally forming their way into the bigger picture—except that’s not how puzzles work. Puzzles take time, effort,…

Under the Covers: Boy, snow, bird walk into a bar…


There once was a girl. She had a childlike freshness that suggested an initial impression of juvenility, but she wasn’t. She didn’t fall into convention. She believed in monsters and magic, but her thirtieth birthday was around the corner. She loved to write and to explore the qualities of people that interested her—the way that…

Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice


If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it? I mean I write poems in these songs dedicated to you when You’re in the mood for empathy, there’s blood in my pen Better yet, where your friends and them?                  …

b/c  is pure magic

b/c  is pure magic


“Because I want, if nothing else, for you to understand how much we love.” We all have ambition that drives us. We make the choices that end up shaping our experience. And it seems that in the end the telltale question, the indicator that decides for us whether or not we made the right choices…

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