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Carrying On: To All the Tinder Boys I’ve Ignored Before

Carrying On: To All the Tinder Boys I’ve Ignored Before

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01/18/2019

Content Warning: Physical and sexual violence, harassment “Would you be opposed to undressing me and smothering my naked body in peanut butter?” I’m the Tinder girl most Tinder boys seem to hate. You know, the one who carries on a basic conversation but suddenly stops responding out of nowhere? How annoying, right? I’m the silent…

Unshelved: Color Me Impressed

Unshelved: Color Me Impressed

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12/06/2018

This piece discusses sexual violence, domestic violence, and incest. I bought Alice Walker’s The Color Purple at the Strand Bookstore in New York City last summer on a first date. The novel tells the story of Celie and Nettie, two sisters separated by a literal and figurative ocean, who use letters to preserve the tenuous…

Getting Curious About <i>Getting Curious</i>

Getting Curious About Getting Curious

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11/12/2018

Jonathan Van Ness strides onto the stage in high-heeled boots, his long hair flowing and his ultra-stylish outfit perfectly accentuating his form. He takes a seat and greets the audience, waving frantically and beaming from ear to ear. He says, “Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness, and every week I sit down for…

Unshelved: The Power of Womanhood in <i>The Red Tent</i>

Unshelved: The Power of Womanhood in The Red Tent

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10/25/2018

This article will discuss major plot details (including the ending) of The Red Tent. The Red Tent is an epic of biblical proportions. No, really. Anita Diamant’s novel tells the story of Jacob’s daughter Dinah, no more than a passing footnote in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Diamant’s novel retells recognizable events through Dinah’s eyes…

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…

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