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Live forward

Staying in Omelas

The sunny colors of the Game of Life board lay in mocking contrast to the brewing clouds of tension above them. An accusation of a stolen turn had transformed the optimistic attempt at creating memories among four grade-school cousins into a showdown between two of us. My victory celebration was
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A love-hate relationship

The pain inside me went up and down as the violins shrieked and the cellos wept. I tried to appreciate the beauty of the music, but all that kept going through my head was, “I hate this thing, I hate this thing, I hate this thing …” It had been
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The birth of a ‘fascist’

Behind Enemy Lines

I didn’t start off as a fascist. Anybody who has an inkling about politics in my home country of India knows that the only role left for a reasonable observer is that of an obituarist. The burgeoning bureaucracies, endless corruption and the rampant nature of identity politics act to dissuade
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Cooking spoon love

Staying in Omelas

The 8 a.m. bell hadn’t even rung yet and sweat was already trickling down my back. The late summer sun simmered the humid air, foretelling triple-digit temperatures during lunch time. I was already cursing the long jeans my legs were sweltering in. The pink printed tank top and shorts I
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An ode from an edgy teen

Brave New World

I could not help but laugh at his love letter, which opened with “I’ll tell you something that you should hear. Female meme creators and female comedians generally are unattractive and unappealing.” Someone had taken time out of their day to lecture a stranger (in 800 words no less!) on
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A Dickens of a semester

Fish Out of Water

I see a lot of students doing the same — alternating between sprinting and stopping rather than keeping an even pace, and in the middle of the semester, everything on their plate hits them at full force.
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Big pussy

This Friday, everyone will be wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day, but there is one sort of green that prevails in many relationships every day of the year. Jealousy, historically referred to as the green-eyed monster, is seen as both a terrible thing to have and an inevitability in relationships.
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rudra_reddy_online

The real enemies of feminism

Behind Enemy Lines

On International Women’s Day, large numbers of feminists at UC Berkeley were motivated to take part in the “Day Without a Woman” protests. The protests across the country looked like a melting pot of misplaced anger and unmitigated insanity. What was even more shocking was that this protest was a
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The neighborhood drug dealer

Staying in Omelas

A black sports car sidled up in the lane next to ours like a stately viper, windows heavily tinted, metal accents glinting viciously in the sunlight. It stuck out like a sore thumb among the dusty and rusted jalopies that trundled down the road. Before I could even comment on
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On the surface

Brave New World

He recoiled with repulsion, “Ew what’s that all over you face?” He, a hotshot athlete at school, asked me this without expecting an answer. My winning combination of thick eyewear, braces and a face replete with pimples was helping me make some new friends. Embarrassed and avoiding eye contact, I
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