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Faculty Books Coming Soon, English Department Edition

Faculty Books Coming Soon, English Department Edition

Vassar prides itself on the faculty’s commitment to teaching, as part of their claim to fame as a small, rigorous liberal arts school–despite the “science bridge,” we’re not a large research university, in case you haven’t noticed. But this emphasis on teaching doesn’t mean that faculty don’t write and publish. In fact, they do so constantly and with significant volume. Vassar professors are constantly publishing academic articles, studies, and books, as well as novels, other articles, and personal essays. You…

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A Friends-Newbie’s Thoughts on the Ross Geller Type

A Friends-Newbie’s Thoughts on the Ross Geller Type

I had never watched Friends before it very recently went on Netflix in the beginning of 2015. By that point I had already seen all the other sitcoms where a group of straight white people have quirky shenanigans in New York City, but I had never seen the ‘original’ cult-classic obsession. So I started it, and as much as the wannabe-cynical-anti-mainstream-hipster part of me didn’t want to like it, of course I did. Gosh freaking darn it, I did, from…

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Little Inferno Review

Little Inferno Review

Little Inferno may be the strangest game I have ever played. It is many things, and at the same time, nothing. It’s hard to explain. I don’t even think I had fun playing it, and yet I still enjoyed it. Or maybe appreciate is the better word for it. It is definitely an art game, and difficult to recommend. If you’re looking for something distinctly game-y, like Tomorrow Corporation’s previous work (World of Goo), you will be disappointed. If, however,…

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Fashion: Paris and Vassar

Fashion: Paris and Vassar

I’ve had strong feelings about personal style since age three. Around that time, a relative bought me a small, white t-shirt emblazoned with a bunny. If I remember correctly, there was nothing remarkable about it, but apparently my younger self valued simplicity. I decided I wanted to wear the shirt every single day, and if either of my parents denied me this request (as clothes, especially those worn by toddlers, require frequent washings), I screamed – often to the point…

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Considering Cultural Norms As Portrayed in Films

Considering Cultural Norms As Portrayed in Films

Happy first weeks of the semester! I hope you are all doing well, staying warm, and drinking lots of tea (or whatever you prefer to eat/drink to be cozy). Recently, I have been thinking about how art reflects cultural values, and how the audience is affected by these values whether they are aware of it or not. This is true of almost any work of art: even when people state that a piece of art “reflects a universal truth,” there…

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“Lifting” on Tumblr: Inside an Illegal Online Community

“Lifting” on Tumblr: Inside an Illegal Online Community

The internet is weird. We all know this. Yet, we all still have those moments where we stumble upon a corner of the internet where the masks of anonymity have allowed people to reveal themselves in ways we almost wish we had never seen. I qualify that statement with “almost” because I am weirdly fascinated by idiosyncratic human behavior and find myself virtually eavesdropping on unfamiliar online communities all of the time. My most interesting recent discovery is that on…

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The Three Most Approachable Books About Writing

The Three Most Approachable Books About Writing

They say to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. And by “they,” I mean writers. Maybe this is why so many popular writers are writing books about writing, from how-to’s to memoirs. The genre is full of guides for specific audiences, e.g. Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. It’s also drowning in pretentious odes by writers to themselves—Stephen King’s On Writing sets the standard for condescension. Each proclaims to be open…

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Fifty Shades of NOPE

Fifty Shades of NOPE

Trigger warning: This piece discusses sexual assault and domestic violence.     So, Fifty Shades of Grey is a thing again. I remember walking through Costco a few years ago and coming across hundreds of copies of the book on display. I had heard about how terrible it was, so apart from skimming through a few pages while waiting for my parents to get samples of artisanal cheese, I never actually read the series. And now there’s a movie. And maybe now…

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Anime Recommendation: Knights of Sidonia

Anime Recommendation: Knights of Sidonia

My posts are primarily about video games, but recently I haven’t really been playing anything new so I thought I’d switch it up and talk about anime. This is a nerd culture blog after all, and anime definitely fits that category. The truth is, I’ve only seen a handful of anime (I know, I’m a casual) but I’ve always had a love of Japanese culture and that includes anime. I’ve always been kind of wary with anime, though—I was afraid…

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Critically Rewatching Gilmore Girls

Critically Rewatching Gilmore Girls

I. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Dick Cavett expressed his appreciation for rereading. According to the author and former talk show host, “We’d all have been better off to have read half as many books. Twice.” I’m inclined to agree with Cavett – at least in part because I had to visit dictionary.com multiple times to decipher his interview, and I tend to look upon those with robust vocabularies with an oft-inappropriate level of reverence. I…

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