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Off the beat: On loss and open wounds

Autumn is always the hardest time of the year for me. This I can say with a certainty that is shockingly absent from my life — I can hardly decide what to wear each day and can barely hold my laughter when people ask me what I want to do with my future, but I can say with authority that fall is the most heartbreaking season. Read More…

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Off the beat: Reading beyond the ranks

To no one’s surprise, UC Berkeley ranked first among public universities in the nation last week. That was according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of their annual list. The campus swelled with pride, links were shared around Facebook and Twitter, and high school students — and their Read More…

Off the beat: Remember to meet your meat

I’ve yet to feel the deep, urgent repulsion toward meat products that seems to be the aim of so much vegan propaganda. I’ve also not entirely been taken up by the food movement’s tempting moral asylum available by eating free-range, antibiotic-free, organic and local animals. Read More…

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Off the beat: What we say really matters

There is a good deal of research suggesting that our ability to properly understand abstract concepts and complex spatial relationships depends, in large part, on our ability to combine much simpler concepts and relationships using language. Moreover, the use of language to attempt to shape how and what we think is by no means a new concept. Read More…

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Off the beat: Berkeley on a Saturday night

“Separator” by Radiohead was whispering through my headphones, and it was that part where the guitar kicked in — one of those parts of a song that holds an indescribable sway. There was still some chocolate ice cream left to dry on the underside of my right forearm, and my face and shirt were slightly sticky with sweat. Read More…

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Off the beat: Self-reflection and sojourns

There’s a stretch of highway reaching through the Santa Cruz mountains down to the coast that I find myself returning to each summer like clockwork. California Highway 9 winds through redwood forests and hugs steep drops into the San Lorenzo Valley, spanning a number of miles leading through tiny towns and campsites into downtown Santa Cruz and the vast expanse of the Pacific. Read More…

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Off the beat: Finding something to share

My contract-writing chops would solve many problems in my preadolescent future, but not as many as I had hoped. Unfortunately, not many people were willing to sign my legally binding documents. No one, that is, except my little sister. Read More…

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Off the beat: We’ll always have Beijing

Pull up a map of Beijing. Set your finger down dead center on the city. Draw it slightly up and to the left. It was a Tuesday night in the middle of summer, and I was there, at a small dumpling house in a nondescript part of the city. It’s the part where you wouldn’t go if you were a tourist — an out-of-the-way sort of anyplace you might stumble upon elsewhere. Read More…

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Off the beat: Art apathy, museum misery

This summer, I visited 18 art galleries and museums around the world, ranging from the small, free Timken Museum of Art in San Diego to the slightly better-known and more expensive Musee du Louvre in Paris. Read More…