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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The national melancholy and Obama’s missing spunk

I went to dinner with a few friends the other night. It was two nights after the presidential debate in Denver – the debate where President Obama looked lethargic, uninspiring and uncharacteristically submissive. I don’t know if it was because of the almost universally agreed-upon results of the debate, but
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Points of reference

Immutable Orange

“Where are you from?” While this question may seem like a conventional element of casual conversations, it addresses a method of discovery. But what discovery could people possibly be interested in? People you meet know where you are. They don’t know where you came from, but satisfying the state of
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Lost foreign policy opportunities in the Middle East

It’s taken me a while to process what happened on Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya. I first heard about it from a friend in my dorm room just before a 2 p.m. class. I saw the headlines about the violence and the storming of the embassies, about the months-old anti-Islamic
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In the trophy room

Reel Life

We all have our own trophy rooms, and we’re all collectors of some sort. We adorn our walls with paintings and line our shelves with photographs. For some, it’s an art form. For others, it’s just the mosaic of life.
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Happy Birthday BART

Immutable Orange

This September, BART celebrated its 40th anniversary. Besides a reason to celebrate BART for free ice cream giveaways and a promotion giving away 1,000 $40 BART tickets, it is interesting to look back and see how the role of the public in public transportation has changed in the United States
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