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Under the Covers: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Under the Covers: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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09/10/2014

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,…

Looking in to Look Out: Wyeth and Windows

Looking in to Look Out: Wyeth and Windows

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09/10/2014

Windows can be an opening to the outdoors. They can provide glimpses into enclosed, secret rooms or become gateways to unreachable places. But the square or rectangular shape of windows can also be limiting, restricting our view to a simple geometric scene and shaping our eyes to see a specific perspective. With the constant chaos…

Free in DC: Part I

Free in DC: Part I

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09/09/2014

DC becomes a ghost town on the weekends, where one can walk for blocks and blocks in its concrete jungle and only pass a few families of confused tourists looking for the Mall and pregnant yuppie couples on their way to brunch. But amongst the lonely buildings waiting for their high-powered employees to flood in…

Dispatch from the DC Chinese Film Festival

Dispatch from the DC Chinese Film Festival

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09/09/2014

he DC Chinese Film Festival, founded in 2011, finished its 2014 run last Sunday. Dedicated to making Chinese-language cinema more visible in the US, the festival ran for four days, showing more than thirty films–narrative, documentary, and experimental film, both feature-length and short. They represent a wide range of genres, places of origins, and subjects,…

Latest Doctor Who is a Pleasure

Latest Doctor Who is a Pleasure

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09/08/2014

The third episode of Season Eight of Doctor Who, The Robots of Sherwood, pits one English legend against another. It’s a lighthearted romp penned by longtime Who and Sherlock scribe Mark Gatiss, who relishes the opportunity for another Doctor-meets-historical-figure episode. His script is light on plot and logic, but heavy on humor. And it’s just…

De-Mock-Cracy:Veep Takes on Politics and Family

De-Mock-Cracy:Veep Takes on Politics and Family

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09/08/2014

The following contains spoilers for season three of Veep. Hyperlinked material may contain objectionable language. While I sincerely meant my reflections last week on how Netflix’s House of Cards has aligned with a deep public cynicism toward American politics, they were, nevertheless, a bit myopic in scope. Call it a kind of televised Americentrism, or…

Service with Rakes and Gumballs

Service with Rakes and Gumballs

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09/05/2014

On Saturday morning, about 800 freshmen and transfer students gathered in Red Square to participate in service projects in Ward 7. My group of fifty-three traveled by bus across the Anacostia River to our site, Fort Mahan. We stepped out of the air-conditioned bus and walked through the hot, humid air to a hill covered…

Indelible: Permanence and Photography

Indelible: Permanence and Photography

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09/05/2014

We use photography to make a moment concrete, perfectly capture a scene, or preserve the fleeting burnt oranges and deep royal purples of a setting sunset. We are on the perpetual quest for the ideal view, setting, angle, and light, so that what we see can be transformed into a tangible, handheld snapshot. However, what…

Critical Voices: Maroon 5, V

Critical Voices: Maroon 5, V

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09/04/2014

Most every person walking around this campus has at least heard of the band Maroon 5, but only avid fans know that this wildly successful pop band actually found its beginnings in a small rock band in the ‘90s, Kara’s Flowers. This band released its first and only album as Kara’s Flowers while the members…

A Case for the Classics:Seven Samurai

A Case for the Classics:Seven Samurai

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09/03/2014

A small village, barely surviving on its meager rice and barley fields, is beset by bandits. Given a promise of another raid after the harvest season, the villagers desperately plan their defense. Knowing they cannot chase off the bandits on their own, several villagers travel to the nearby town, searching for armed assistance. Through some…

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