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Unshelved: Call Me a Classic

Unshelved: Call Me a Classic

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10/11/2018

Ever since I saw Call Me By Your Name (2017), I’ve wanted to read the book. The film was so beautiful: the dreamlike Italian setting, the connection between the two main characters, the romance. I thought, I’d love to get inside that character’s head. And when I finally got around to reading André Aciman’s novel,…

“Dangerous Women” Are Not Responsible For Men’s Behavior

“Dangerous Women” Are Not Responsible For Men’s Behavior

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10/08/2018

Content Warning: This piece discusses substance abuse and death. “You made him do it. This is all your fault. I’m 100% blaming this on you. Kill yourself.” After Mac Miller died of an apparent drug overdose on September 7, Ariana Grande, international popstar and Miller’s ex-girlfriend, received countless hateful messages on social media, blaming her…

Trailer Takes: <i>Instant Family, Assassination Nation</i>, and <i>The Oath</i>

Trailer Takes: Instant Family, Assassination Nation, and The Oath

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09/13/2018

Instant Family — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0scW5lXAT8 Brynn: No doubt this movie will make me laugh and cry—as it was meant to do to bleeding hearts like me, who love a good heartfelt family movie. Yet, despite the upbeat indie background music and the montage of loving and funny moments, I feel slightly tense watching the trailer. I…

Unshelved: The Not-So-Casual Vacancy

Unshelved: The Not-So-Casual Vacancy

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09/11/2018

Nothing beats Harry Potter (which I’m sure author J.K. Rowling is tired of hearing). But seriously, after Rowling finished writing the Harry Potter series, the lack of a new book every few years left a vacant space in my preadolescent life. Sure, she created Pottermore and supplied loyal fans with tidbits here and there that…

Unshelved: Assault and Vengeance in <i>The Round House</i>

Unshelved: Assault and Vengeance in The Round House

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09/04/2018

Stories of sexual assault are incredibly difficult to tell. This book, and my column, simply try to do so. Also, I acknowledge that different Native communities prefer different identifying terms (“Native American,”  “Indian,” “American Indian,” etc) For the purposes of continuity in this column, I will use “Native American” and “Native.” Louise Erdrich’s novel, The…

Call Me By My Name

Call Me By My Name

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08/31/2018

When I posted a column online entitled “Confessions of a Serial Orgasm Faker,” my first instinct was to publish it anonymously. I mean, “Serial Orgasm Faker” isn’t exactly what I’d want my business card to read. What if a future employer Googles my name? But the decision to claim the story as my own helped…

<i>Alias Grace</i>: Excavating Female Sexuality

Alias Grace: Excavating Female Sexuality

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08/08/2018

Margaret Atwood’s particular brand of dystopian feminism is back in style. With all the hype surrounding the television adaptation of her most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, another Atwood adaptation has flown pretty much under the radar. I first read Alias Grace the summer before my senior year of high school, and I was intrigued…

Unshelved: Apocalypse Now?

Unshelved: Apocalypse Now?

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07/30/2018

It’s starting to feel like the collapse of Western civilization is upon us. This week, I read a pocket-sized, 79-page book called The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. I originally bought this book for a class that I ended up dropping my first semester…

Unshelved: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Unshelved: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

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06/20/2018

I’ve always had a really close relationship with my dad. We have the same bizarre sense of humor and love of music and movies. I have vivid memories of falling asleep in front of the TV leaning on his shoulder, struggling to keep our eyes open after watching our third movie. I was raised on…

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