Queer Indigenous Poet Tommy Pico’s Breaks the Boundaries of Poetry

Written by Jeff Rose The work of queer and indigenous poet Tommy Pico fangirls over the songs of Amy Winehouse in one stanza, claps  back at gay men in the next, and then ruminates over Native American microaggressions. His work delves into his identity and experiences as a gay Kumeyaay man originally from the Viejas…

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An English Major in England

Written by Kendall Talbot My mother likes to say I was born in the wrong country. I prefer tea over coffee (with milk and sugar, please), and I talk about the royal family as if they were my own (my invitation to Harry and Meghan’s wedding must have gotten lost in the mail). I cherish…

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6 Poems to Read Post-Graduation

Written by Angie Carrera As this graduation season quickly approaches, we must begin to contemplate life after, and the terror that is adulthood. Our experiences begin to diverge, and we begin to encounter things that we must face alone. Though we confront what’s next by ourselves, this does not mean that we are the first…

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2018: the Year of Short-Story Vending Machines

Written by Morgan Southworth In 2015, there were only a few machines in France that produced short stories at the press of a button. Today, there are copies of these machines around the world, with thirty in the United States alone. The concept is simple: Short Edition, a French publishing company, began creating machines that…

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Could Vandalizng Books Make You a More Authentic Reader?

Written by Caitlin Smith Earlier this month, Georgia Grainger, an employee of Dundee, Scotland’s Charleston Library, found herself in the middle of a literary mystery. A patron came to her with an odd question: why did all of the seventh pages in the books she had been checking out have the seven underlined? Turns out…

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Sexual Assault Scandal Spurs Head of Nobel Selection Committee to Resign

Written by Grace Mappes The Swedish Academy is one of the most prestigious literary institutions in the world. Per the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will, the eighteen-member academy votes on the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in a secret ballot every year. But this year, in the wake of the #MeToo scandals, sexual…

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Socrates, Aristotle, Yeezy: It Feels Right

Written by Kylie Warkentin In a conversation with Axel Vervoordt—actually who he is (a curator, designer, and antiquaire named to Architectural Digest‘s inaugural 2018 AD100 Hall of Fame) doesn’t really matter, because Kanye West interviewed him, and it was revealed that Kanye West is writing a philosophy book! Plato is shaking!

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Jane Austen Heroines Ranked in Order by How Much I Want to Be Them

Written by Madalyn Campbell Fanny Price (Mansfield Park) How can I want to be Fanny Price when I am already Fanny Price? She worries a lot, has horrible self-esteem, is too hard on herself, but is also terribly judgmental. She wallows in her own misery, is applauded as a sweet girl, but is often judging…

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Lola by Junot Diaz: Reshaping the Children’s Book Industry

Written by Kiran Gokal Junot Diaz, the Dominican-American author of renowned books This Is How You Lose Her and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, recently released a children’s book called Islandborn which focuses on six-year-old Lola, an Afro-Caribbean girl who came over to the United States so young that she has no memories…

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The Old “New Digital Age”

Written by Sydney Stewart The world is constantly changing. Innovations occur, technology improves, societal customs shift with the times, and the responsibility is placed on the average individual to accept these changes. Yet with innovation comes a slew of new issues and more developments that must be made. While the digital era brings new challenges,…

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African-American-Owned Bookstores on the Rise

Written by Katie Martinez The number of bookstores owned by African Americans has increased recently from around fifty-four in 2014 to about one hundred and eight today, according to an article in Publishers Weekly. As many people continue to turn to the internet with sites like Amazon for their literary needs, many of these smaller…

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