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  • John Malkovich superior in book-to-film adaptations

    My senior year of high school may have been better titled as, “The Year of John Malkovich.” As the protagonist of both films, “Of Mice and Men” and “The Glass Menagerie,” he seemed to appear when our class thought we saw the last of him.

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    February 19, 2014 at 9:32 am


  • The Big Kid Bucket List

    College students carry the label, “Young and Dumb.”

    In reality, you don’t have to be young or dumb, or even in college to do fun, crazy things. Things such as skydiving seem to be more socially acceptable when done before age 25.

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    February 19, 2014 at 9:20 am


  • The Sun Never Sets on the Roman Empire

    It’s absolutely true. At the height of its success, the Roman Empire stretched from England to Egypt and from Spain to southern Russia. The Romans were adept at adopting aspects of different cultures and incorporating it into their culture and society, as well as their art. They were especially addicted to the Ancient Greeks. So much of Roman artwork was heavily influenced by the Greeks – Emperor Nero, alone, imported over 500 bronze statues from Delphi. Even artists would create replicas of the original Greek statues. But, eventually the Romans began forming their own style. Their style still incorporated elements of the Ancient Greeks but instead of focusing their art on being intellectual and idealized, like the Greeks, it focused on being secular, functional, organized and efficient. This focus can be thought of as their philosophy.

    The Roman Empire is usually divided into three phases: the Republic (500-27 B.C.E), the Early Empire (27 B.C.E – 98 C.E.) and the High Empire (90 C.E.-192 C.E.). In today’s blog post, I’ll be discussing two pieces of art. Each highlights a different art form.

    Roman architecture played a huge role in the foundation of architecture and engineering. The Romans developed and perfected the arch, the vault and the dome. They also used concrete as an art medium. The best example of Roman architecture is undeniably the Pantheon. The Pantheon was built in Rome, Italy in 126 C.E. It was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome. The structure itself is circular with a Greek-like (columns, triangle pediment) entrance. On top sits a domed roof with an oculus that allows sunlight into the building. This dome, 142 feet in diameter, is not reinforced and made completely of concrete. It is coffered underneath to alleviate some of the pressure from the weight of the concrete. see more

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    February 18, 2014 at 7:00 am


  • The Art of Genre-Jumping

    I’ve only recently gravitated toward artist collaborations. I think a pivotal point was when I first heard the song “The Baddest Man Alive” by The Black Keys featuring rapper, actor and producer RZA. It was made for the movie “Man With the Iron Fists,” and I admit, the idea of one of my favorite rock bands teaming up with a rap artist didn’t initially sit well. But that’s one thing I’ve grown to appreciate most about collaborations—the unexpected yet perfect synthesis of genre-jumping. It’s an art.

    Although a great collaboration doesn’t necessarily have to entail an unanticipated duo, I think that does incorporate an element of musical genius when done right. Here’s a look at some of my favorite and recent artist collaborations:

    1.)Chet Faker and Flume released an EP called “Lockjaw” last year, and it really focuses on Faker’s bluesy vocals and Flume’s catchy electronics. This series includes three songs, my favorite being “Drop the Game.” The sound could be described as haunting and eerie in its simplicity with only a few repeated lines and understated garage (Dare I say chillstep?) ambient of a background. see more

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    February 18, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • The true story behind authors’ pen names

    In a world of harsh critics, it’s no wonder that so many famous authors have shielded themselves with pen names and pseudonyms. Most notably, and recently, J.K. Rowling published her book “The Casual Vacancy” under the pen name Robert Galbraith

    Why do writers do this? What could they benefit from by writing under a different name?

    Just last week, the developer of the app-phenom Flappy Bird, took to Twitter to announce the discontinuation of the game. Many assumed it was due to the attention the creator was receiving, and the hatred attributed to the game’s difficulty. see more

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    February 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm


  • Miss Movin’ On: Understanding Friendship

    Muhummad Ali said, “Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Networking is the bread and butter of college. That may sound impersonal and opportunistic, but the friendships we make in college prove beneficial to our adult lives. We meet a wide range of people during our four years in university.

    Not only do we meet a plethora of people, we change an exorbitant amount ourselves.

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    February 17, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • Why Valentine’s Day is for everyone

    I used to have a negative outlook on Valentine’s Day. Bah humbug, single awareness day, the whole litany of bitter remarks.

    But in the past three years, I’ve come to realize that I’ve got some great friends that have been there through thick and thin. Friday, I celebrated Galentine’s Day, which for those of you who may not be familiar with the concept is a day to celebrate great girl friends. My best friend and I did dinner and a movie because… why not? And Galentine’s day definitely has it’s perks. I can eat whatever I want at dinner and not have to worry about whether my hair looks decent.

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    February 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm


  • Ancient Greek: so much more than the Olympic HQ

    What perfect timing! There is no better way to honor the great Olympic games than by spending some time with the game’s founding fathers: the ancient Greeks. Aside from the Olympics, the ancient Greeks are best known for their unparalleled excellence in art, architecture, poetry, drama, philosophy, government, law, logic, history and mathematics. They set so many of the standards that are seen throughout history as well as in today’s society, especially regarding the arts. Greek history is divided into several different periods: Geometric, Orientalizing, Archaic, Aegina, Early, High and Late Classical, and Hellenistic. As you can see, there is a ton of art from this time period. There is no way we’ll be able to cover all the time periods. So instead, we’ll be focusing on three areas: vase painting, sculpture and architecture. I will be choosing a few pieces for each category that, in my opinion, best represent ancient Greek skill and brilliance.

    The ancient Greeks were extremely skilled in everything their hands touched — so it seemed. Painting was no exception. Vase paintings were highly popular among the ancient Greeks. Artists would paint scenes and depictions of gods and heroes of Greek myths. They would also paint what was occurring in daily life such as the many battles or wars. The best period known for their vase paintings is the Archaic period. In this period, ancient Greeks painted vases in the black-figured style. This meant that black forms that stood out against a reddish clay background. Artists would etch an image on the vase that would then allow the red beneath to be exposed. Around 530 B.C. things were reversed. Now there were red figures set on a black background.

    An example of black figure | Exekias –Dionysus in a Sailboat” see more

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    February 13, 2014 at 7:00 am


  • Top 5 Kings Of Leon songs

    My dad introduced me to Kings Of Leon when I was in high school. They’re one of those bands that some recent fanatics might not realize have been around for quite a long time. In fact, this Tennessee garage rock band has been making music since 1999. In a sense, I think they’ve more or less coined the phrase “Southern rock,” or at least evolved it into a more tangible genre with country and blues influence, heavy guitar and scruffy facial hair. Swoon.

    These are my top five Kings of Leon song picks:

    1.)“Revelry” off of Only By The Night — This probably wouldn’t be everyone’s initial first pick for a Kings Of Leon song, but it’s the one that struck me, with the catchy soul and melancholy sway that only a really great rock song can capture. It’s slower paced by their standards, but a delightfully sad tale of demons inside being too strong to house love. see more

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    February 13, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • How to have a bibliophilic Valentine’s day

    I will be the first to admit that Valentine’s Day just seems to be a lesson in commercialism, where businesses make money selling chocolates and stuffed bears. However, I do see the value in a day dedicated to expressing love and friendship. And, I really appreciate the color red.

    I have compiled a few ideas of how to spend the day, either by yourself or with the special people in your life.

    For the single bibliophile: If you prefer to celebrate the “holiday” on your own, you can spend Valentine’s Day reading a book off of this excellent Huffington Post list, and cooking some wonderful desserts for yourself, and perhaps your family. see more

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    February 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm