Welcome to the Valley

By Sesha Kammula   The popular bitmoji app started as a cartoon. The pictures were cartoon representations of the individual makers and could be edited to have silly characteristics. However, the more recent updates have started to feel less like cartoons. The app is a fun way to express oneself without sending photos, but over time the pictures have gotten more realistic. It’s creeping, slowly … Continue reading Welcome to the Valley

Pornographic Math and Magic If

By Molly Karr I do not understand why people watch porn. It is different than acting, the superior art. Porn is actual. It is concrete—it is, like, really happening. There are insides and outsides and absolute touches on skin and little flakes of saliva. There is payment and dye jobs and oopsie daddy issues and steroids under tanned skin and contractual safe words. In acting, … Continue reading Pornographic Math and Magic If

an ode to she-flesh: partially found, intentionally bad poem

By Sarah Chefka you found her at the butcher’s shop. brazenly raw, impudently red, so stubbornly sinewy. at first, you salivated at the thought of carving her up, breaking her down to her irreducible parts. but she was so condescendingly, nauseatingly free that she began to offend you. you considered her brazen deadness impudence. didn’t she care that you had all the power? you were the … Continue reading an ode to she-flesh: partially found, intentionally bad poem

The Extraness of Minimalism

By Abigail Mengesha

Let’s not lie to each other. Minimalism is the most extra thing right now. Normally, the two terms are complete adversaries: denotatively, minimalism is the practice of using the least means necessary to achieve a desired effect, while extra, in its newly founded modern context, means doing the absolute most for generally no (or an unnecessary) reason.
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Extra but Not Enough: snippets of social media activism

By Zé Fernández Guerrero How often do you scroll through your Facebook feed and find trendy news on 30-second to 2-minute videos? If you’re part of liberal circles, these kinds of videos are commonly produced by BuzzFeed News, NowThis, AJ+ and even the Dodo. Except for the environmentalist and animal rights oriented vids that the Dodo puts forth, the others usually talk about social and … Continue reading Extra but Not Enough: snippets of social media activism