Archive for Essays & Reviews

SUNDAY SCHOOL BY BRENDAN LETIZIA

SUNDAY SCHOOL BY BRENDAN LETIZIA

  First off, I want to say sorry to all the Sunday school teachers who had the misfortune of having me as a student in the years leading up to my Confirmation. I was obtrusive, loud, unengaged, and if I am being perfectly honest a…

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THE IN-BETWEEN BY LIAM AGUILERA KELLY

THE IN-BETWEEN BY LIAM AGUILERA KELLY

It’s 3 AM, and I’m leaving a party in the Mexico City suburbs. I had spent the evening in the corner with my best friend agonizing over the same girl. I put on “Fuel To Fire” by Agnes Obel, a soft haunting melody that stirred…

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A PAINTING TURNED TO WORDS BY ASHLEY MCLEAN

A PAINTING TURNED TO WORDS BY ASHLEY MCLEAN

(Artist: Jean-François Millet) After coming across Jean-François Millet’s graphic piece originally titled, ‘L’Homme à la houe’ (1860-1862), Edwin Markham became compelled to write what would be the most infamous poetic pieces of his career. What appears to be a tall man leans over on a…

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FLY LOW SO YOU CAN SEE BETTER BY LEO ZHANG

FLY LOW SO YOU CAN SEE BETTER BY LEO ZHANG

It was in October, I think, when I first brought up that I wanted to go to Morocco. My father was hesitant about my plans. He doesn’t travel much outside of the country, especially to places he knows so little about. It would be the…

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A TECTONIC FEELING BY FABIAN PALACIOS

A TECTONIC FEELING BY FABIAN PALACIOS

“She can’t get out!” We gazed up at the apartment building and saw an elderly lady banging on the 6th floor window. Immediately we crouched into the garage, and stepped over the debris and broken glass. “If there is an aftershock, this building is going…

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LETTERS FROM THE BOY I’VE BECOME: MY TRANSGENDER CONFESSSIONS BY JASPER JOHNSON

LETTERS FROM THE BOY I’VE BECOME: MY TRANSGENDER CONFESSSIONS BY JASPER JOHNSON

Dear Sister, You are the light of my life. I love you more than you could ever know. You are a star with endless potential, a giant booger, and an absolutely delightful monster. At 12 years old, when I overheard mom talking about you by…

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7/21/16 BY VICKEY SONG

7/21/16 BY VICKEY SONG

It’s the first day of spring. Matt went on a plane to Orlando this morning. I slept until 4 pm. First, on the second floor couch and then upstairs, on the nasty and bare foam mattress. Because Matt’s not here, I now have time to…

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MI COCINITA BY FERNANDA LUTTEROTH

MI COCINITA BY FERNANDA LUTTEROTH

“Bendiciones” my grandmother quipped before ending our phone call one night. Over the last couple of weeks, I committed myself to the task of learning how to cook the same dishes my grandmother made for me back home in México. I remember her sopa de…

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THE DIVINE PIONEER OF ABSTRACTION BY JEEWOON LEE

THE DIVINE PIONEER OF ABSTRACTION BY JEEWOON LEE

Hidden gems are getting more difficult to find as the world is overloading with information. One of the biggest gems, who made art lovers thrill when she was discovered, is finally in the spotlight—the Guggenheim features a Swedish abstract painter Hilma af Klint’s works from…

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THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS BY LAURA DUVAL

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS BY LAURA DUVAL

A vicious cycle of violence between colonizer and colonized unfolds throughout Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers. The film examines the Algerian struggle for independence from French Colonialism between 1954 and 1957; guerrilla fighters in the National Liberation Front are in conflict with French paratroopers attempting…

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