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Rom Com Holds On by a String

Romantic relationships are confusing, exciting, overwhelming, exhilarating and oftentimes frustrating. Most of all, however, they’re necessary. Let’s be real: We all know this on some level, either from personal experience or observations of our friends — and that’s not even including the veritable slew of romantic comedy films pervading Hollywood.[Read More…]

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Enthralling Read Intimately Portrays Dynamic Characters

I’m not going to open this review of Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom, with a few hokey lines, overwrought with cliches about what freedom represents to so many people, and then saying that it now means something entirely different to the literate world. Enough has been said of the work already[Read More…]

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In Defense of the Music Industry’s So-Called Digital Doomsday

It was a big week for music, y’all. We celebrated the would-be 80th birthday of soul king Sam Cooke and the 123rd of O.G. folk singer Leadbelly. Coachella released a lineup for a summer music festival that is quite unbelievable, as it lists almost every decent band to walk the[Read More…]

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Twilight’s Victorian Gothic Prequel

Before Edward, before Bill Compton and before Buffy, there was the Count. Not our monocled friend from Sesame Street, but Dracula himself. He struck fear into the straight-laced Victorians of days gone by. If you are looking for a classic read that contains any of the gothic elements that have become pop[Read More…]

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Fine Art and the First Amendment

Fine Art and the First Amendment

This is not the first time a publicly funded arts organization has come into conflict with politicians who oppose certain subject matter. The ’90s saw the National Endowment for the Arts lose 40 percent of its funding in response to Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoerotic photography and Andres Serrano’s work titled “Piss[Read More…]

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New Releases // 1.28.2011

“Oh My Heart” R.E.M. Collapse Into Now 3 out of 5 Stars “Oh My Heart,” a song about returning to New Orleans after the hurricane to start anew, is classic R.E.M. Gentle drums and dissonant chords subtly, yet expertly, capture the bittersweet emotions of coming home to a changed city.[Read More…]

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Ditch Yates for Healthy Plates

As January draws to a close, this past month began not only a new year, but also a new semester. Some Hoyas vow to study harder, spend more time helping others or spend less money, but overwhelmingly we resolve to go to Yates more often. Of course, by now many[Read More…]

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Folk Star Stays Safe

Before being tasked with the review of Iron & Wine’s new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, I had never heard of the singer and songwriter, whose real name is Samuel Beam. I did not know what to expect of this new album, other than that it has already received critical acclaim.[Read More…]

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Latin-Asian Fusion Spices Up U Street

While my palate was almost destroyed by the flaming hot egg drop soup, it was luckily able to recover in time to enjoy the remainder of the Restaurant Week courses at Masa 14. For the $35 prix fixe menu, each person chooses three savory courses and a dessert. This was just the[Read More…]

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Affordable Indian, Even on M Street

One lesson I learned from eating at Taj of India was that appearances can be deceiving. Having run by the entrance, I was always a little skeptical about the quality of the food inside this dive eatery. With a small navy awning that covers the door and a shadowy atmosphere,[Read More…]

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