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

Mashrou’ Leila: third culture kids and the building of global citizens

By Yabework Abebe Kifetew The first time I heard Mashrou’ Leila, I was sitting with friends on a balcony overlooking Cascadilla gorge. My friend showed me the song “Lil Watan” with much enthusiasm. I don’t recall much from that first encounter, but I remember sitting outside on a high wooden stool looking at all the green of the canopy and thinking: it’s an indie band … Continue reading Mashrou’ Leila: third culture kids and the building of global citizens

Why Do I Want to Believe?: the truth was inside us all along

Art and article by Olivia Bono “Why do you insist the Earth is flat? For what reason?” I was truly struck by this question, posted by Jer9999 on the Flat Earth Society’s online forums. I stumbled upon this comment after spending an embarrassingly long amount of time scrolling through a thread titled, “Does Flying Around the World in 1 Direction Prove the Earth is Round?” … Continue reading Why Do I Want to Believe?: the truth was inside us all along

Aesthetics and Rhetorics of Late Night Infomercials

Art and article by Kathie Jiang Portmanteau of information and commercial, infomercials are half-hour long advertisements with the appearance of a news program and the intention of providing in-depth information about a product. Many infomercials air between 1am and 5am to cut costs of airtime. Infomercials sensationalize their products—which can be too novel or difficult to sell—in exaggerated and tacky ways: narration from energetic salespeople, … Continue reading Aesthetics and Rhetorics of Late Night Infomercials