• Building a budget-friendly book collection

    Go to Pinterest or Tumblr and search “books”.

    As you scroll through the page, your gaze seems to stop at a beautiful room filled with books. Perfect lighting, perfectly designed book covers. That image is the dream. see more


    January 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  • The Devil’s Grid: ‘Hatred’ and video game morality

    The upcoming shooter is anticipated for many different reasons. see more


    January 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm

  • Sun Devils Wear Prada promotes positive body image

    Sun Devils Wear Prada encourages women to love their bodies and express their uniques styles. see more


    January 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

  • The MusicPhile: Back to usual habits

    Welcome back to my column! We are back to usual habits at ASU and this semester is off to a busy start. This is, of course, completely contradictory to what my winter break was like. I focused hard on doing as little as possible, unless it required Netflix or couch time. I did manage to make it down to Tucson’s Rialto Theater to check out Alt-J and was far from disappointed. I’ve been mildly obsessed since.

    I recently had the chance to visit Austin, Texas and was blown away by the local music scene. It’s now on my list of a city I need to go back to see more of. It’s a music lover’s heaven.

    Now is the time of year when festival lineups are announced, and concert season gets into full swing. There are a few shows and fests that I’m looking forward to in 2015. Notably, and I cannot believe I’m about to say this, are Country Thunder and Taylor Swift. see more


    January 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  • This is about the “Hurricane”

    Listening to an old record sometimes feels like you’re bringing the past to the present. You get to look at the old cataloguesque advertisements from the label, and see original artwork. But also, an older record can remind you that the present isn’t all that different from the past.


    This week’s pick up is Bob Dylan’s 1976 album Desire, which felt strangely modern and relevant today with the album’s opening protest song “Hurricane.” The ballad asserts that the eventually freed Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was wrongfully convicted for a 1966 triple murder due to his race. It’s a powerful song, worth a listen now more than ever with conversation about profiling and race having been re-sparked after last summer’s Eric Garner and Michael Brown incidents. But I digress, because I’m not here to talk about politics. Go to the political echo chamber of your choosing to do just that. Let’s talk about music. see more


    January 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  • McDreamy gets divorced, Galifianakis shows off weight loss at SAG Awards and more

    This week’s pop culture round-up. see more


    January 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  • 5 habits your barista hates

    In any service or retail job, you’ll get at least one customer from hell. At a coffee shop, though, your customers sometimes develop these habits that are so annoying you could crush a handful of coffee beans and throw them in their face. I don’t know if this is bred simply from an “I’m paying you so give me what I want” mentality or if some customers are simply ignorant. Whatever the case, here are the five most annoying things that coffee shop patrons do.

    Habit the first: Thinking that rules don’t apply to you

    Believe it or not, this is a business. I’m sorry that we don’t give out free coffee or tea refills, but this product is high-quality and very expensive to procure. It doesn’t matter how regularly you visit us; unless my boss tells me that you get free coffee, you don’t get free coffee. No, those cookies are not free just because they’re sitting ever so temptingly in that shiny glass jar. You cannot just stick your hand in like a toddler and grab one. Maricopa County (and the entire nation, for that matter) has strict health standards, and bare, grimy hands contaminating entire batches of cookies make me less than amicable. see more


    January 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

  • Outside the Lines: Feel something

    The place: Denver Art Museum.

    The exhibit: Modern Masters.

    The artwork: Convergence by Jackson Pollock. see more


    January 26, 2015 at 10:27 am

  • Literally Speaking: The final countdown

    A word of caution: This blog post may induce some serious eye-rolls and heart-gripping emotion.

    This is my final introductory blog post for “Literally Speaking”. Oh, the nostalgia. My picture featured in my first introductory blog post. see more


    January 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  • My name is Jesi, and I am a Netflix junkie

    I definitely never thought of myself as someone with an addictive personality, but after getting access to Netflix’s instant streaming I have found that I was gravely mistaken. More often than not, I find myself watching entire series. I’m talking six or seven seasons, within weeks, or staying up until 3 a.m. watching movies. How my grades haven’t dropped is beyond me.

    Even though I spend (or what some might say waste) considerable amounts of time watching whatever pops up on “Top Picks for Jesi”, there is always at least 75 percent of the movie and TV show options I haven’t seen. Typically, I don’t have time to watch the movies, yet somehow I always seem to make time.

    I try to dabble in all genres depending on my mood. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a cute little “rom com” where I can spend a night with a pint of cookie dough ice cream and my feelings. Other days I just want to see stuff blown up. But, no matter what mood I’m in, I always want to expand my movie repertoire. Each week I’ll watch at least one movie that I have never seen before. Though, most likely I’ll watch way more than that and give my honest opinion. There is always that point in the Netflix options that you stop recognizing the movie titles and, if you get far enough, even the actors. Each movie I watch will be deep in the depths of Netflix; the more obscure the better. see more


    January 22, 2015 at 11:00 am