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Permutations of Toxicity by Rachel Stephens

Permutations of Toxicity by Rachel Stephens

We live in a world where we are taught self-perpetuation. This ideal allows us to embrace apathy. Self promotion causes us to shed the rational right of equality. Life is simplified to the hard but simple mechanics of a seesaw; for one to be elevated,…

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Brooklyn, We Inhaled. May 23rd by Amina Fofana

Brooklyn, We Inhaled. May 23rd by Amina Fofana

It was about 8:04pm when I saw him racing up the stairs at the York St. station. His short wavy dark brown hair settling in layers commencing from above his eyes and rippling onto his cheeks. I felt my face assemble into an awkward expression…

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Goodbye House by Jane Grogan

Goodbye House by Jane Grogan

My bathroom is a time capsule. Since I moved in here nothing has changed in this room but me. When I was 12, my friend stood on the other side of this door while I was yelling in frustration inside of it. She was reading…

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On Macbeth, Directed by Rupert Goold (2010) by Margaret Lin

On Macbeth, Directed by Rupert Goold (2010) by Margaret Lin

In this rendition of Shakespeare’s play, most of the characters and dialogue remain unchanged. Macbeth has fought valiantly for the king of Scotland. On his way back from the battle, he meets three witches who foretell that he will become king. Prompted by his wife,…

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From Memory’s Drawer by Sam Stoich

From Memory’s Drawer by Sam Stoich

As I flip through the poems of Constantine Cavafy I can’t help but notice how often and how longingly he looked to the past, both his own and to others that he was merely a spectator, or more appropriately a voyeur of. In his poem…

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Who We Are Not by Farwah Rizvi

Who We Are Not by Farwah Rizvi

I am strong, not weak. I am an open diary, not a closed book. I am determined, not submissive. I am real, not pretentious or fake. I am all these things, but when faced by a situation that is hell-bent on revealing a side of…

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The Reason of American Inequality in Income by Jiaming Liu

The Reason of American Inequality in Income by Jiaming Liu

Atlanta is a scenic city and one of the most unequal in America. In Atlanta’s economic pyramid, the top 5 percent of earners earn $306,307 per year. At the bottom of the pyramid, however, 20 percent of people earn about $17,000 per year, and 9.3…

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Love by Christian Chang

Love by Christian Chang

Love is a strange thing. When we love someone, all of the things that we might judge and criticize about them are swept away. It’s quite a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Like farting. Farting in the presence of another person is perhaps one of the…

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Shell Vessel by Evelyn Lam

Shell Vessel by Evelyn Lam

Shell Vessel is a ceramic sculpture created by the Japanese artist Koike Shouko in 1997. Currently located on the second floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this shigaraki stoneware sculpture is a strange rippling form that is reminiscent of the smooth roughness of an…

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I Got 1,000 Degases But a Real Degas Ain’t One by Storey Baldwin

I Got 1,000 Degases But a Real Degas Ain’t One by Storey Baldwin

Is art made for the artist or the audience? What makes a work of art stand out from the crowd? Why is there a need to be constantly creating? What can one do that is absolutely new? During the 1800s these were questions going through…

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