Art exists everywhere

State of the art

My eyes ran along the walls of the almost-empty record store in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city, on a brilliantly sunny Monday afternoon. The endless collection of covers all bled into one another until my eyes come to rest on a very special LP. The vinyl was swathed in vibrant colors
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Ending the chapter but not the story

Over the last two, three, four, five or six years, we’ve all gone from confused, excited, nervous students to confused, excited, nervous graduates. I have found people to love, and they love me back. I have worked hard be here today, and you did, too.
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Lit with Lindsay: A field guide to historical literature

I’ve always struggled with reading “historical” literature — basically, anything that takes place before the 20th century. And while I have friends who consume copious amounts of Victorian literature, Chaucer and Old English translations, I think plenty of people feel the same as I do. It’s just not as common
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Same Old Story in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Cinderella’

During the past few years, Disney has added a twist to many classic fairytales and come out with progressive stories of its own such as Brave and Frozen. Despite this new direction that Disney pursues, featuring independent female leads focused less on romantic interests, “Cinderella” disappointingly stays true to its
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Potterhead attractions on campus

If you’re that kid who dressed up as Harry Potter or Cho Chang every year for Halloween in elementary school or the nerd who wore a Gryffindor scarf and drew a lightning scar on your forehead for every movie premiere, you probably really enjoy Harry Potter culture and identify as
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Two pages forward

Two Steps Forward

Books have wrought immense change on the world. “Harry Potter,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” and many others have given magic to millions. This is to say nothing of religious texts, which have shaped the lives of people around the world for millennia. These are a few well-known and extremely popular examples of the effects of the written word. In my nearly two decades of dedicated reading, I’ve come across other, lesser-known works that inspired changes of their own within the confines of my mind. This is a limited account of those books, each of which remain relevant in an increasingly paperless age, and each one is highly recommended by yours truly.
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The Trouble with Dogma

Two Steps Forward

This view of Christians as morally superior to others is all too common. Native Americans were slaughtered and raped by generations of European settlers. Never mind that they had lived sustainably on the land for millennia; never mind that their retaliatory violence was an attempt to protect their homes; never mind that they could have contributed so much more than maize to the settlers’ lives. They believed in animalistic nature gods and, therefore, were little better than animals themselves. The Crusades were a centuries-long bloodbath borne of the belief that everyone should be Christian. Judeo-Christian values have wrought the fruitless, zero-sum blood feud between Israel and Palestine: complete unwillingness to compromise, bolstered by years of gruesome violence on both sides, backed by each group’s unyielding belief that they are the chosen people.
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