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The Virgin Suicides: An end disguised as a beginning

The Lisbon girls are blonde, beautiful, and out of reach. One by one, over the course of a year, each of the girls, blessed in mind and body, takes her own life. The events leading up to the startling loss are recounted by five neighborhood boys who grow up spying […]

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The Salt Roads travels through time and space

The Salt Roads, written by Nalo Hopkinson, blurs the line between history and mythology, leaving the reader bewildered and coming back for more. The novel brings us into the lives of multiple women: Mer, a plantation slave doctor; Thais, an Ethiopian prostitute; and Jeanne Duval; a woman of mixed ancestry […]

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To relax after exams, watch The Last Man on Earth

What would you do if you were the last human on Earth? This is the predicament Phil Miller faces in the comedy The Last Man on Earth. What sounds like a grim addition to post-apocalyptic literature is actually hilarious. The Last Man On Earth is a television show that takes place […]

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An oldie but (very) goodie: Mildred Pierce

A couple of weeks ago while I was lying in bed with a fever of 102 and browsing the myriad of channels on my television, I came upon a black-and-white movie from the 1940s called Mildred Pierce. The title sounded pretty vague, but due to my laziness and lack of […]

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Bieber shows a new side in collaborating on Purpose

In November, Justin Bieber released a 19-song album called Purpose. In the album we see a changed Bieber from his recent run-ins with the tabloids. Leading up to the release of his album, Bieber dropped a handful of singles: “Where Are Ü Now,” featuring Skrillex and Diplo; “Sorry”; “Love Yourself”; and […]

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2016 Oscar nominations lack diversity

When the nominees of the 88th Academy Awards were announced in January, there was one common theme throughout: all nominees of best and supporting actor and actresses were white. Additionally, almost all directing, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects, and cinematography nominations were awarded to white males. This is the […]

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Colliding realities in Murakami’s genre-defying novel 1Q84

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. 624 pages. Harvill Seckor. $18. Fantastical, realistic fiction often struggles to find a place in the canon of literary greats, but Japanese author Haruki Murakami breaks that trend with his simple prose that treats taboo subject matter with tasteful indifference. 1Q84, Murakami’s second-latest novel, shatters genres, […]

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Making a Murderer intrigues, frustrates

Making a Murderer is a 10-hour documentary on Netflix. Although a long documentary may sound boring, this show is the complete opposite; it’s an engaging show that will deeply absorb you. The trick is to stick it out through the first three episodes, after which you will be entirely sucked […]

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Scream Queens falls flat 

Scream Queens is one of the newest additions to Fox’s roster. The show boasts an eclectic cast: everyone from Niecy Nash to Emma Roberts to Jamie Lee Curtis. Scream Queens is marketed to a teenage audience, but the the incessant pop culture mentions and the flashy guest stars, including Nick Jonas and […]

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Mockingjay Part 2 brings The Hunger Games to a satisfying close

The Hunger Games franchise is coming to a close, and fans will not be disappointed by the final film. Filled with action, romance, and drama, Mockingjay Part 2 is a perfect farewell to this beloved series. The opening scene picks up where the previous film, Mockingjay Part 1, left off, […]