There is literally no such thing as good English: on rejecting “standard american english” and embracing language change
Culture & Society / Politics & Current Events

There is literally no such thing as good English: on rejecting “standard american english” and embracing language change

By Jagravi Dave The way we speak ties us to where we’re from. Our speech is infused with linguistic markers, some extraordinarily salient and others more subtle, that identify us as coming from particular places so significantly that The New York Times was able to create a dialect quiz for the United States that identifies, … Continue reading

Urban Flavors: religion and urbanization in the Middle East
Culture & Society / Politics & Current Events

Urban Flavors: religion and urbanization in the Middle East

By Lela Robinson For those with sophisticated palettes, I recommend the urbanism.  Not an obvious choice, but if you’re an erudite progressive who enjoys the bitter taste of sophistication over the hearty flavors of reality, I can assure you, you would like nothing less. It’s on the side, under feminism and above Marxism. Don’t bother reading … Continue reading

Dismantling America’s Immigrant Fetish: how rabid anti-xenophobics can still be dicks
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Dismantling America’s Immigrant Fetish: how rabid anti-xenophobics can still be dicks

By Jeremiah Kim SCENE: A pho restaurant. Amidst the streams of sweat, spit, and speech spilling out between steaming bowls of hot brown broth, a table for two sits silent and spotless. LOVER: So uh…it says in your bio that you speak two languages… (Leans forward conspiratorially.) Does that you mean you’re like…not from here? … Continue reading

Why Am I Watching This? musings on niche competition shows
Arts & Pop Culture / Culture & Society

Why Am I Watching This? musings on niche competition shows

By Olivia Bono Sitting at home this past winter break, I stared half-interested at the screen as my dad flicked through channels. Usually our go-to idle viewing is somewhere between the History Channel, TNT, or Syfy. This particular day we went with the History Channel. It’s not news that the History Channel has produced some … Continue reading

The Ungraspable Light: poetry and the myth of progress
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The Ungraspable Light: poetry and the myth of progress

By Jessie Brofsky There’s a room in the Tate Modern museum in London that displays contemporary art about destruction. On one side is a steel model of a basic apartment building, a rectangle built up and not out. On the other side are photographs depicting the stages of cities falling to the ground in clouds … Continue reading

The Finsta-gram: where fake is real and real is kind of hilarious
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

The Finsta-gram: where fake is real and real is kind of hilarious

by Jacque Groskaufmanis “What should I make my caption?” is a pretty common and innocuous thing that someone might ask before posting on Instagram. Even my friends with the most dedicatedly “I-don’t-care” aesthetics plan out their internet content with a layer of detail and attention that warrants the same crowdsourcing for captions. But on fake Instagram, … Continue reading

Biting Barbie’s Head Off: thoughts on how childhood play informs ideas about gender
Culture & Society / Short & Sweet

Biting Barbie’s Head Off: thoughts on how childhood play informs ideas about gender

art and article by Anna Lee I was a tomboy. I played with trucks, cars, trains, and Tinkertoys. I enjoyed making toxic goop out of household materials and putting my concoctions in the freezer for my mother to find. I didn’t like Barbie dolls. I made two failed attempts at ballet and tap dancing; I … Continue reading

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Kids Are Sexual Beings Too!: curiosity, taboo, and innocence

By Keyra Navas Embracing one’s sexuality is usually considered a loss of innocence. The sexual realm is still one that is “deserving” of shame and criticism. This is not surprising, considering that sexual activity is represented in mass media in erotic and lustful ways. As a result, it is challenging to unsee sexual expression as … Continue reading