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Prophet of Profit: Drake as a Popularizer of Capitalism

Recently, a BuzzFeed article entitled “47 Drake Lyrics For When You Need an Instagram Caption” has been surfacing frequently on my Facebook News Feed along with hilarious new dubbings of Drake’s now famous “Hotline Bling” music video. Although I often use Aubrey Graham’s lyrics in my Instagram captions to convey emotions ranging from solipsistic self-confidence…

Recommended For You: Radio in the Age of Personalized Media

There are few things I miss about suburbia. However, some rituals work best in certain settings, and for me, one of those rituals was the time spent driving alone in automobile-dependent suburbia. Whenever I started my car, NPR would turn on, and every weekday morning, for the fifteen minutes it took me to get to…

Poetry: “Fall (SpaceShipTwo)”

I am nine miles above you and falling fast once iron groans and peels away from me and strapped   to this rock I am birthed too heavy   there is no air up here and slammed, gut compressed to spine I could not breathe anyway   but for a feather I would still be…

You Hothouse First (Poem)

  “Special Order Tulips are the only bulbs available for shipping during the early fall months.”—tulipworld.com   Tomorrow morning 1 man’s brain puts a million other men’s brains on hold. Tom is my dad’s name and will likely be my son’s, my protagonist’s, my god’s. Feminism works in the ways I say it will. No,…

A Talk with P.J. Sauerteig of Slow Dakota

Though PJ Sauerteig (CC ’15) just graduated a few weeks ago, he has already produced an impressive discography. Under the name Slow Dakota, Sauerteig has released three EPs, and has a fourth one ready to record. A signee of Fort Wayne based Massif Records— Sauerteig himself is a Fort Wayne native– Slow Dakota releases all of…

On Anthologies (Blog)

My greatest shame is that I own one song from a best-of-Willie-Nelson album. Don’t get me wrong — Willie Nelson is a lovely man, very talented. I don’t happen to know much of his music, aside from the single song I once heard on an easy-listening radio station in rural Maine. I’m not ashamed to…

Jorie Graham at Poets House: A Review (Blog)

This past Tuesday, April 16th, the poet Jorie Graham shared selected poems from her new collection From the New World at Poets House in Tribeca. Graham, the former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, who currently teaches at Harvard, spoke candidly and wisely on how temporality, identity, and place have shaped her life as…

The Sonnet is Not Dead (Blog)

Sonnet 154   The little Love-god lying once asleep, Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand, Whilst many nymphs that vowed chaste life to keep Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand The fairest votary took up that fire Which many legions of true hearts had warmed; And so the General of hot desire…

“The Woman in Gold” at the Neue Galerie: A Review (Blog)

Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” is certainly beautiful. It features a doe-eyed woman surrounded by and enclosed in gold, her hands clasped together awkwardly as if to avoid dirtying her glowing drapery. It is the central painting of the new exhibition, “The Woman in Gold” at the Neue gallery on the Upper East Side.…

Junkspace: What The Mall Might Teach Us (Blog)

Rem Koolhaas’ luminescent essay Junkspace decries the mall as the slagheap of America. Gleaming and gaudy, the ill-conceived child of consumerism and commercial architecture, malls across America serve as museums of all the things wrong with American society. Koolhaas points out the problems associated with fast-fashion, the invisibility of the working class, obesity, and the impermanence…