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A few things have given me solace in these torturous weeks. One is seeing the enormous opposition to the muslim ban from people all over the country. It’s heartwarming to see people stand up for a demonized minority. I have also found some comfort and inspiration in a series of essays written by historian Howard Zinn in the years of the Iraq war. Grouped together in a book titled A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, Zinn recollects the crimes committed by the government against the people and the oft-overlooked champions of the people. Not the figures we are told to worship like Washington or Adams: people like Douglass and Thoreau who fought for the rights of every American, not just the wealthy or the privileged, and succeeded. It’s good to know that the spirit of these Americans lives on in the protestors today.
With the fall semester almost over here at Princeton, the year 2016 is slowly fading away. What an year it was--I mean, 2016 even has its own hashtag. We screamed when Beyonce released Lemonade and hailed Queen Cersei once again when she finally blew up King’s Landing (the Sept to be exact, of course; shout out to my fellow Game of Thrones fans). So many of us cried when the legendary and inspirational David Bowie passed away, and I know that you will Always remember Alan Rickman.
First of all, I want to congratulate everyone, including
myself, for making it to the last week of the semester. I can’t recall ever wanting to say goodbye to a year more than the year 2016. It certainly will be
a four-digit number that will feature prominently in every history book
“I’m in the dark here!”
In a rather political, passionate, and pessimistic blog post
last week, I boldly proclaimed my dreams for what I wanted to write on this
blog. I am happy to report back with my first project: Boston.
1. Try out every single Snapchat filter.
Learning a second language is a process many people go through at least once in their lifetime. While it is a leisure activity for some people, it is a necessity for others in order to survive in the job market or prove themselves valuable in this globalized society. The craze for second language education has long gone overboard in some countries, such as Korea. Over half of Korea’s educational budget goes into its English education, with private academies (“hahg-wons”) using cheap advertising catchphrases such as “You can speak like an American in just a month!” What’s that supposed to mean? “Speaking like an American”?
Escape. It’s a paradoxical word. On one hand, there is a hint of anxiety. On the other, there is a sense of satisfaction. It assumes that at one point you were constrained but now, free. I think this is a fair expression of how I felt when I landed in Boston last weekend. It was an escape: an escape from Princeton.
It’s 2 AM. You’re out on the street, having a great time, a couple cups in, talking to a group of cool people. You ask about classes, friends, hobbies, and interests – when suddenly, the subject of sports comes up.
Sonderlust is Kishi Bashi’s third album since his solo debut, 151a, and Lighght. Like so many performers today, his “genre” is hard to define—one can characterize it as a sort of orchestral indie pop, though his latest album borrows from R&B and electronic indie rock music.
From the first of its series in 1981 to the most recent one in 2008, the Hollywood blockbuster movie series Indiana Jones has been loved by many around the world. The love continues, with a fifth film expected to be released in 2019. There also are several other movie series—from Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie, to National Treasure, starring Nicholas Cage—that depict and glorify the “Indiana Jones”-type character: a skilled and daring adventurer who explores the world in search of some mysterious ancient valuables, fights curses, booby traps, and aliens, escapes the crumbling temple, and finds love and of course, gets the golden treasure in the end.
With the launch of The Daily Princetonian’s website redesign, I am happy to announce the return of our Blog section! Readers who have been following our paper for a while might remember our past two blogs: The Prox and Intersections. After a long period of lull on both of these blogs, we decided to combine them under one banner moving forward: Intersections.
A friend mentioned to me during lunch that although he doesn’t believe in ghosts, ghost stories frighten him. I think many people can relate to that sentiment. It’s a strange facet of the human psyche that we can be afraid of things that our rational mind rejects. I have to admit that since I started writing this article, I’ve noticed some odd occurrences in my room that have left me spooked: incessant knocking throughout the night, waking up on numerous occasions to find my posters on the ground, scratching noises coming from my window, an apparition of Woodrow Wilson with a paddle appearing at my door. Ok, that last one was made up. Regardless, even though I know there are explanations for these occurrences that don’t posit the existence of supernatural entities, I get a little bit scared when I turn off the lights and knocking begins.
It’s 8:30 AM. You wake up, and you feel ready to go out and embrace the day. You roll out of bed, throw off your pajamas, and rummage through your drawers for something semi-decent to rock to class. You figure: it’s late October, right? Your new sweater and some jeans are the perfect outfit to get you through the day.
I have a hard time understanding fervent loyalty to a political party. Growing up in Chicago, I never really felt the same dedication to the Cubs or the Bulls or the Bears as my friends did. Why should I value my city’s team more than another’s? I didn’t know the people on our team, and I held no enmity towards opposing teams, unlike many of my compatriots. I later heard Noam Chomsky express the same sentiment in an interview, and I imagined an alternate life where Noam and I were childhood friends, commiserating in our shared apathy towards the sporting events that everyone celebrates. It was a pleasant fantasy.
Normally, I wouldn’t care to bring attention to an artist’s collection of B-sides. After all, they’re usually the songs that weren’t good enough to be a part of the actual album or release, and they tend to feel like another way record companies milk fans for more money. However, these are Carly Rae Jepsen’s B-sides I’m talking about, and they’re the B-sides to Emotion.
UK electronic duo Disclosure gave us a pleasant surprise yesterday when they dropped Moog for Love, a 3-track EP. Though the title of the EP might suggest a certain synthesizer-saturated sound that has come to be popular in many genres of electronic music these days, Moog for Love actually sees Disclosure double down on their UK garage roots and strip down a bit from their 2015 album Caracal.
While I’d like to say that winter is in fact the most polarizing season, because that’s an awesome pun, I can’t deny that people have many more diverging opinions about fall. Here are seven things about fall, and the only two reactions that are possible to have about them. Trust me. There are only these two.
Ed note: This is the first in a three part series all about staying on campus over the summer. Get ready.
When a popular song is covered by another artist, the remake often fails in comparison to the original. It is difficult to divorce the song's lyrics, tempo, and overall feeling from the original version, making the initial song reign supreme in a person's memory. Other versions, more often than not, simply sound like karaoke. Pam Soffer '15, who goes by the stage name of Uma, recently recorded a cover of the popular song "Valerie".Originally sungbyThe Zutons in 2006and made popular byMark Ronson and Amy Winehouse’s 2007 cover, most people are attached to the versions featuring Amy Winehouse. Despite the success of these earlier versions, Uma's 2015 version sits on the same plane as these earlier renditions.Soffer's cover of “Valerie” breaks through this stereotype and proves that with the right creative spin, outstanding production, and a powerful voice, it is possible to move out of the shadow of the original.