Justin Knight_Online

Hey, Lolita

Fake Out

When learning how to live, people look to a lot of sources for inspiration. For me, that was Lana Del Rey. Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” surfaced in my life in 2011. “Video Games” came with a simple video composite of American iconography, old-style cartoon clips and paparazzo shots of
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Justin Knight_Online

Mea culpa manifesto

Fake Out

Don’t ask me what kind of music I like. Don’t ask me what I’m into. Just ask me who I am, and I’ll give you a list of songs and artists and movies and shows and books that built a personality. I like art to defy category or definition. I
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Sarah Goldwasser_online

Green for go

Cutting Room Floor

I see colors when I read. There’s a scientific name for this sort of thing, but it’s kind of an awful-sounding mouthful, so instead, just take my word for it — I see colors when I read. Instead of externally visualizing anything, it’s more like I just inherently know them.
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Danielle Sundan_Online

I (still) write sins, not tragedies

Cutting Room Floor

Most people grew out of their emo phase years ago. Though I’ve abandoned the smudged eyeliner and band T-shirt aesthetic, I still pre-order Panic! At the Disco albums, I continue to retweet Pete Wentz and I carry a torch for the bands that many have now chalked up to nothing
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Can’t stop the feelings

Cutting Room Floor

In an acting class I took, we once had to bring in an object that would spark one of our senses and summon feelings — someone brought fuzzy pajamas, my instructor described a memory associated with the smell of oranges. I brought in multi-colored dinner mints. You know the terrible-tasting
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Kelvin Mak_Online

The paradox of performance

Cutting Room Floor

This is a confession. I perform everyday, in the sense that I act unlike who I think I am in order to assure myself that I’m not alone. And I don’t know if I’ll ever stop performing, whether I should or shouldn’t be, and whether there’s such a thing as
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Justin Knight_Online

Terrence loves you

Cutting Room Floor

We were watching “American Psycho” when I kissed him for the last time. In some ways, I felt like I was kissing Patrick Bateman but that I’d rewritten the script and found his heart in his hand, at least for the night. Or maybe I was kissing the Dude. “The
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SarahCoduto_online

Bleeding onto the page

Cutting Room Floor

In my bookcase are stacked eight notebooks. Most — on account of excessive love and handling — are falling apart at the bookbinder’s seams, shedding pages like a molting bird losing its feathers. One is severely waterlogged: I lost an entire week of life when a sudden rainstorm rolled over
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AdrienneLee_MugOnline

Curating my culture crisis

Cutting Room Floor

During RRR Week of last semester, I visited my linguistic professor’s office to clarify some concepts she had mentioned in the last lecture. I asked her about prototypes, the most central cases of a category. A robin, for example, is a more prototypical member of the bird category than a
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Caroline Lee_ZainabAli

Reading, rekindled

Cutting Room Floor

As a child, my nose was always in a book. My passion for reading was unparalleled. It allowed me to escape into another realm, where I could indulge in a world so alien from mine that I felt adrenalized just turning the crisp pages of a new book. It sparked
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