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Grateful For <i>The Good Place</i>

Grateful For The Good Place

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02/11/2020

NBC’s beloved philosophical comedy The Good Place ended its fourth and final season on January 30. The last episode of the series had an extended air time of 65 minutes, compared to the usual twenty; the gift of extra time matched perfectly with the series’ ultimate conception of what the Good Place is.  Eleanor Shellstrop…

The Weekly List: Songs For Mardi Gras Season

The Weekly List: Songs For Mardi Gras Season

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02/11/2020

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is not simply a day, nor just a weekend of crazy parades. Mardi Gras is a season, perhaps even a lifestyle, that officially begins on January 6th, known as Twelfth Night. On this date, it is acceptable to eat your first piece of king cake, a Mardi Gras staple, and…

<i>Bojack Horseman</i>‘s Finale Gets It Right

Bojack Horseman‘s Finale Gets It Right

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02/10/2020

Content Warning: references to suicide, depression, and subtance abuse. Contains spoilers for the final season of Bojack Horseman. *** Bojack Horseman is over, and everything is worse now.  I first realized Bojack Horseman was going to be something special during the penultimate episode of its first season. It had taken me several tries to get…

The Weekly List: Pretty Songs to Warm a Cold Heart

The Weekly List: Pretty Songs to Warm a Cold Heart

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02/05/2020

While the weather has remained surprisingly temperate this winter (thanks global warming), I still believe that the ~winter vibe~ is strong. So despite the lack of snow, here is a playlist of pretty songs to warm your cold heart as we trudge through the next few months of gray skies, barren trees, and seasonal depression….

QUIZ: Which Type of Frog Are You?

QUIZ: Which Type of Frog Are You?

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02/04/2020

Frogs are great. They are weird, squishy, little lads. In their small, amphibious bodies they harbor great power for both good and evil. To this day, the most moving cinematic experience I’ve had was when King Harold the frog (John Cleese) died in Shrek the Third (2007). Many days, when the stress of Georgetown life…

Aaron Hernandez And The Plague Of The NFL

Aaron Hernandez And The Plague Of The NFL

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02/04/2020

Like many people who aren’t big into sports, I had no idea who Aaron Hernandez was before watching the new Netflix docuseries, The Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, surrounding his now infamous life. I had grown up going to Ravens games with my dad, mostly excited by how enthusiastic he got and the…

<I>Weathering with You</I>: The Rise of Shinkai and the Anime Wave

Weathering with You: The Rise of Shinkai and the Anime Wave

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02/03/2020

When I attended middle school in a small, Canadian town, openly liking anime got you labeled as either a weirdo or pervert—most likely both. It was ostracizing. Recently, I attended a sold out American showing of Makoto Shinkai’s newest anime film, Weathering with You (2019). Japanese anime’s wave of popularity has hit the US.  Makoto…

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