Inexhaustible Bliss

I was given Rainer Maria Rilke’s book “Rilke On Love and Other Difficulties” in perhaps the most unconventional way. Someone who became a dear friend of mine mailed me this book while traveling across the U.S. before she had even met me. I sense that often the things we need
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Free Music Fridays — Here’s to an Endless Summer

As the first day of classes creeps closer and closer, the idea of an endless summer becomes all the more appealing. Not that I don’t love going to school at Cal, I just like vacation better, and I’m pretty sure that Oakland-born rapper, G-Eazy, would agree with me. His 2011
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Tom Hanks Tuesday: Hunk Hanks Returns!

I’m away for two weeks and now, there’s a shitstorm of news! Literally, in the case of our beloved Bay Area Rapid Transit. But, I mean specifically in terms of Tom Hanks news — the second most important type of news behind human excrement-related updates. So, there’s a lot of
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Free Music Fridays — Charlie Simpson

Charlie Simpson seems like the type of guy who would put a bird on it. He’s very trendy-but-not-too-trendy in that way. There are three main things you need to know about Charlie Simpson. 1. He has a large gap in his teeth and some very impressive eyebrows. Check them out:
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Macklemore’s “Same Love” champions gay rights

One of my favorite artists, Macklemore, just dropped a bomb on the hip-hop world with “Same Love”, a lyrical testament to the struggles of same-sex relationships in our divided country. Teaming up with Ryan Lewis, Macklemore delivers a beautifully-paced piece and his rhymes, as usual, are spot on and send
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Tom Hanks Tuesday: A Hirsute History

When Tom Hanks is written into the history books (and if my grad school career goes anywhere near well, it’ll probably be by me), two things will be highlighted: 1. How sexy he is. Duh. 2. His hair. That luscious lob of follicles. It’s dynamic, it’s lush, it’s often brown.
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Free Music Fridays: Frankmusik

Vincent Turner, better known as Frankmusik, has had a tumultuous year. He released his second studio album, Do It In the AM, with Island Records, produced an album for British synth-pop duo, Erasure, supported the same band on a tour across the United States and Europe, split from his record
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Tom Hanks Tuesday: Birthday Edition

The Daily Cal has a lot of good things going for it. We won a truck ton of awards (note: not sure on that actual measurement, might’ve just been a shit ton — which is slightly less) from the California College Media Association, there was a kitten in our office
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Aesop Rock – Skelethon is Upon Us

It’s been five years since Aesop Rocks’s last tour de force, 2007’s None Shall Pass. What has Rock been doing in the last five years? At the very least, he’s crafted two songs that make your favorite rapper look like an illiterate member of the ‘huntable surplus.’ At best, he
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Free Music Fridays: Hoodie Allen

“I be doing it for free until I’m rich, God bless” – Hoodie Allen No one does indie rap quite like Hoodie Allen. I’m not normally a fan of either genre, but Hoodie, AKA Steven Markowitz, is one of my favorite artists and his mix tapes, Pep Rally (2010) and
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