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“Cruelty-Free” Cosmetic Consumption

“Cruelty-Free” Cosmetic Consumption

I like to put my money where my mouth is—and by that I mean, after being a vegetarian for 10 years I’ve recently also transitioned into no longer purchasing cosmetic products from companies that test on animals. While I know it’s not possible to be a totally ethical consumer, I feel better about doing something than I do about doing nothing, and this choice was the next natural step to my dietary lifestyle. No one can argue that animal testing…

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The Kinds of Books to Devote Time to This Summer

The Kinds of Books to Devote Time to This Summer

Though it is painful to admit that finals are approaching, soon we’ll all be staring wistfully out of the library windows, daydreaming about how we’ll spend our free time between jobs or internships this summer. Whether you’re an English major like me who just wants to rebel and read something for fun for once (as if that’s possible) or someone engaged in unrelated studies that typically has no time to devote to reading, many of us hope to read during…

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The Higher Importance of Zayn Malik’s Departure from One Direction

The Higher Importance of Zayn Malik’s Departure from One Direction

By writing this blog, I will be revealing that I know much more about One Direction off of the top of my head than I would generally like to admit to the public. However, Zayn Malik’s recent move to quit the boyband has become fairly unavoidable news, and I think there are implications to his choice that merit examination even if you couldn’t care less about the band itself. Being half-Pakistani, Zayn was the only person of color in the…

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Why the Parks and Recreation Series Finale Was Everything I Wanted

Why the Parks and Recreation Series Finale Was Everything I Wanted

Warning: This review contains spoilers of the Parks and Rec finale. The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation, the one before the series’ actual finale that aired a few weeks ago, could have functioned just fine as an ending for the whole show. I wouldn’t have been happy about it, but it left off at a good point of transition for Leslie from local to federal government. There were unanswered questions, but the finale ended on a note of potential after…

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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 YouTube Beauty Community is Awesome

The YouTube Beauty Community is Awesome

You probably wouldn’t guess from the way I usually have accidental dots of mascara on my eyelid and the way my face is always a teeny tiny bit darker than my neck because foundation that’s pale enough for me doesn’t exist as far as I know, but I care a lot about makeup. I care enough about makeup to come to terms with the fact that being good at it is hard, and I’m terrible. Being terrible, I need help…

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Taylor Swift Is Changing, and So Is Our Perception of Her

Taylor Swift Is Changing, and So Is Our Perception of Her

Donning red lips and a blue seagull sweater on the cover, Taylor Swift released her fifth album, 1989, on October 27. Since then, it sold over a million copies in its first week, making it the most profitable first week for an album since 2002 (a time when no one had to compete with music freely floating around the internet). With 1989, Taylor Swift has left the era of branding herself as “not like other girls” and writing nasty songs…

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Awaiting American Horror Story: Freak Show

Awaiting American Horror Story: Freak Show

Sometimes I sleep with a light on because I get creeped out at night. As a child, I was traumatized by haunted houses on the boardwalk, haunted hayrides, and that time my friends made me watch “The Ring” and “The Ring Two” in the same night, as well as another time they showed me episodes of “The Twilight Zone” in sixth grade. I am still unreasonably freaked out by anything that is meant to be mildly scary. I watched “The…

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Reflections from Big Brother

Reflections from Big Brother

Generally, my summers are not complete unless I spend a sickening number of hours watching a new television show. Working 40 hours a week this summer, though, I found that the time I normally allotted to my disgusting TV comatose was suddenly limited. What I needed was something that I could watch as it was airing so I couldn’t possibly take it all in at once. One of my friends from home convinced me to watch the premiere episode of…

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The Stories Behind Famous Pen Names

The Stories Behind Famous Pen Names

A few years ago, J.K. Rowling drew attention when she revealed that she had published a book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Authors publishing under pen names is, of course, nothing new in the literature world, but the practice has no set source of inspiration. In Rowling’s case, she wanted to publish her first novel after Harry Potter without the intense pressure that would follow the beloved series. However, many other circumstances have brought writers to hide their true identities. Here are a few…

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