We've asked Studio Art interns Lexi Campbell and Will Bryant, and senior majors Andoni Georgiou, Winnie Yoe, and Julian MacMillan to explain the way drawing in pencil interacts with their work. As you compare each sketch to the finished product, see if you can find the through line, the consistency in each artist’s mark-making decisions.Read More
Perhaps you’re not convinced that there’s a veritable The End of X pandemic afoot, so I’ll furnish some more examples. There’s The End of War, The End of Poverty, Is This The End of Cigarettes?, and The End of Death, which all seem terrific—consistent with human progress and all that. Is This The End of the Republican Party In America?, The End of the Smartphone Era Is Coming, The End of Sleep, and The End of Magic strike me as a little more ambiguous, while The End of Newspapers, The End of Fossil Fuel, and The End of Love sound downright disagreeable.Read More
Whatever it was, it happened two weeks before my seventeenth birthday, on the night of the homecoming dance, which was in the gym, or maybe the theater—some place transformed by tinsel and body heat into a shinier, smellier version of its usual self. Those things always were.Read More
Grudges are amongst the anti-virtues we like to pretend aren’t written in the flimsiness of graphite pencil, in the grays of morality, but rather in the permanence of blood. They’re ineffaceable, ineffable wrongdoings. Stains. That which deserve the ultimate unforgiveness; often vengeance.Read More
Fiction - One time, upon getting out of the shower before she got home, he stared down to his dangling genitals and became fascinated with the long and complex relationship he had had with his penis. Did everyone feel this intimate with their sexual apparatuses. When she arrived home, he hugged her so that he could still look into the mirror. He found it so odd and wonderful how everything fit together. He pulled off her shirt and they made love.Read More
This is a country where the only fridges that are filled are those in the morgues.
Beatriz Olavarria is an activist and recipient of The United States Congressional Medal of Merit and The Certificate of Congressional Recognition.Read More
Poetry: COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published 8 novels, 4 full length poetry collections, and 3 books of short stories. He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. His fiction has received praise from John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Smith, Frederick Barthelme, Greil Marcus, among others. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN. He can be found at www.coreymesler.wordpress.com.Read More
This article will not be a yet another defense of the Greek system by a white, male fraternity brother attempting to abdicate responsibility for campus issues. Nor will it claim that men are just as often victims of sexual assault as women (they aren’t). I only want to point out one thing: men get raped too, and focusing dialogue on “fraternity rape culture” perpetuates ill-conceived notions regarding the nature of sexual assault as involving physical force or the threat of physical force as opposed to various other forms of coercive power.Read More
Kobe suffered nearly 7,000 casualties due to falling buildings and rampant fires. Ban’s response was to build a temporary church for the community to remedy the dearth of hope and community wrought by the earthquake. Many people were dubious of Ban’s choice of building material, paper, after having seen their city in flames, but the final product calmed those in doubt.Read More
I’ve lived in Beijing twice, once for four weeks and once for ten. Once was in high school, when I was sixteen, and once when I was in college, when I was nineteen. The first time I lived with a Chinese family, and the second I lived in dorms with my college friends. My homestay family woke me up at 7:00 AM some mornings to play badminton and my college roommate woke me up at 8:00 AM every morning with an alarm clock that played a cello rendition of Beethoven’s Fur Elise. I like badminton and Beethoven a lot less now.Read More
Fiction: “There is an abandonment southeast of here that is in the middle of the woods, but not fully lost” the old seeker told me. “There you may find the mysteries that have been left unread and lie dormant in old paper.” The elder said he found something special in the mysteries there because they raptured him.Read More
They’re “normcore,” a term that has been increasingly used to describe a trend, a style, a statement, a movement and a joke, if you want it to be. It is generally applied to a plain Jane type of fashion characterized by solid tees, generic sneakers, baseball hats and any other anti-attention grabbing article of clothing.
The kind of reality, or lack thereof, from which the subject precludes him/herself is emphatically perverse. In this sense, to be real is to ignore all the violence and messiness of the human condition; to condemn our less marketable emotions and experiences as base, despicable, and worthy of erasure.Read More