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On the poetics of politics

Reel Life

The first time I voiced a political opinion, I was sitting in the passenger seat of the family sedan. My dad had just picked me up from day care on his way home from work, and I sat still while he drove. In the background was the frizzy, static-strewn political
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In the interest of transparency

In September, I wrote an opinion column criticizing components of a UC Student Association resolution. The resolution condemns HR 35, and recommends divesting from companies contributing to international human rights violations. To provide a sense of transparency, I would like to address a concern that has been raised about a
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Second chances for the second-rate

The Critic Who Counts

Here’s to second chances, I guess. Congressional approval ratings reached record lows this year, according to a September Gallup poll. Widespread ambivalence toward President Barack Obama’s first term in office dominated American political discussion from 2009 until the 2012 elections, affirmed by job approval ratings that hung around 48 to
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Spring forward, fall back

Reel Life

On Sunday, Nov. 4, daylight saving time for the 2012 calendar year will end. Consequently, at the brink of 2 a.m., 48 states — with the exceptions of Arizona and Hawaii — will turn back their clocks one hour and revert back to standard time. Amtrak trains will stop dead
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The Electoral College: A sign of deeper problems in American democracy

The Critic Who Counts

Something about Vice President Joe Biden’s snarky smirks in his debate against Paul Ryan tells me he wouldn’t work too well with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. And something about Mitt Romney’s twist of the hokey and the debonair tells me he wouldn’t appreciate Biden’s quaint quirkiness. There’s been more
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Costume inequalities

Salas in Solace

The month of October is marked by frantic polling, store hopping and Googling. Every year, it’s the same crisis over and over again that plagues me. What should I be for Halloween? Now, I understand that a lot of people don’t take Halloween all that seriously and that a coat
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The perks of being a wallflower

Reel Life

The other day, I spent a few hours between classes at Pat Brown’s Grill. I was sitting in the corner, reviewing a lecture, when I overheard the following conversation from a table nearby. “I love records — there’s something so fantastic about the crackling sound, about it being really written
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2012 State ballot measures: A legislative wake-up call

The Critic Who Counts

Seriously. Can the state Legislature please just figure it out? With about 30 weeks of time for legislative action in 2012, you’d think California’s representatives in Sacramento could get a few things done. But you’d be wrong. This year’s official voter information guide is almost 150 pages long. No, it
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Hungry like the wolf

Reel Life

I used to think I had X-ray vision. One morning while I was lying on my parents’ bed, I realized that I could see through certain things that normal people couldn’t. I could see past the the blanket that hung over my eyes to what was on the TV screen
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