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The Manic Monologues: A space for mental health conversations in times of distress

Created by Zack Burton, a Stanford geology Ph.D. student, and Elisa Hofmeister, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, “The Manic Monologues” is a digital theatrical experience that aims to disrupt stigma around mental illness. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the play was hosted virtually by McCarter Theatre and premiered on Feb. 18. The interactive website features vignettes of people who have experienced mental illness in their lives. 

Created by Zack Burton, a Stanford geology Ph.D. student, and Elisa Hofmeister, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, “The Manic Monologues” is a digital theatrical experience that aims to disrupt stigma around mental illness. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the play was hosted virtually by McCarter Theatre and premiered on Feb. 18. The interactive website features vignettes of people who have experienced mental illness in their lives. 

THE PROSPECT | March 22

Live-actions suck, watch animation instead

Animation is beyond capable of creating captivating worlds and evoking emotional feelings that leave watchers wanting more, but that doesn’t seem to stop directors from creating “live-action” adaptations that are hard to view as anything but money-grabs.

Animation is beyond capable of creating captivating worlds and evoking emotional feelings that leave watchers wanting more, but that doesn’t seem to stop directors from creating “live-action” adaptations that are hard to view as anything but money-grabs.

THE PROSPECT | March 21

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The beautiful mosaic of Black art and music: Prospect recommendations

In honor of Black History Month, Prospect writers share their favorite works of literature, music, and art created by Black artists, from Nikki Giovanni to Kanye West.

In honor of Black History Month, Prospect writers share their favorite works of literature, music, and art created by Black artists, from Nikki Giovanni to Kanye West.

THE PROSPECT | March 3

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Love and a lie: Your Lie in April, revisited

The anime “Your Lie in April”, written by Naoshi Arakawa, creates feelings of relatability and authenticity better than almost any of the classic love stories I’ve watched, and even more so in light of the current pandemic, which has strained friendships and taken away loved ones from so many.

The anime “Your Lie in April”, written by Naoshi Arakawa, creates feelings of relatability and authenticity better than almost any of the classic love stories I’ve watched, and even more so in light of the current pandemic, which has strained friendships and taken away loved ones from so many.

THE PROSPECT | February 28

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‘Hidden Figures’ (2016): The women behind the space race

For any moviegoer looking for an interesting history lesson or simply an entertaining film, “Hidden Figures” is for you. Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name, “Hidden Figures” tells the true-life stories of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn, a trio of Black female NASA scientists who played essential roles in the U.S. space program during the early 1960s. 

For any moviegoer looking for an interesting history lesson or simply an entertaining film, “Hidden Figures” is for you. Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name, “Hidden Figures” tells the true-life stories of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn, a trio of Black female NASA scientists who played essential roles in the U.S. space program during the early 1960s. 

THE PROSPECT | February 25

Paul McCartney performs.
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“Who wants to present first?”: Sir Paul McCartney pays surprise visit to songwriting class

Sir Paul McCartney paid a visit to Professor Paul Muldoon’s ATL496 class, titled “How To Write A Song.” Joining under the name ‘Test Student,’ McCartney offered thorough feedback on each student’s work, often incorporating anecdotes from his time as a Beatle.

Sir Paul McCartney paid a visit to professor Paul Muldoon’s ATL496 class, titled “How To Write A Song.” Joining under the name “Test Student,“ McCartney offered thorough feedback on each student’s work, often incorporating anecdotes from his time as a Beatle. 

NEWS | February 23

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“Fun City” podcast review: merging storytelling and gameplay

The Prospect’s TV & Shows Critic Molly Cutler delves into the world of fiction podcasts, examining how “Fun City” merges table-top games, improv comedy, acting, and storytelling to produce a show that is both entertaining and culturally engaging. “Fun City” may be set in a futuristic New York City and may get its intrigue from how the gameplay unfolds, but it also manages to richly connect with the many social conflicts of the world today.

The Prospect’s TV & Shows Critic Molly Cutler delves into the world of fiction podcasts, examining how “Fun City” merges table-top games, improv comedy, acting, and storytelling to produce a show that is both entertaining and culturally engaging. “Fun City” may be set in a futuristic New York City and may get its intrigue from how the gameplay unfolds, but it also manages to richly connect with the many social conflicts of the world today.

THE PROSPECT | February 22

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Diving into contemporary poetry: 5 recommendations

Once unsatisfied by previous encounters with poetry from bygone eras, Prospect contributing writer Jeffrey Liao recommends five collections by contemporary poets for anyone looking to venture into the realm of poetry.

Once unsatisfied by previous encounters with poetry from bygone eras, Prospect contributing writer Jeffrey Liao recommends five collections by contemporary poets for anyone looking to venture into the realm of poetry.

THE PROSPECT | February 17

Topaz Winters aka Priyanka Aiyer ’23
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Topaz Winters, student and artist, makes meaning out of suffering

Topaz Winters, also known as Priyanka Aiyer ’23, is an internationally-acclaimed artist. The Prospect senior writer Paige Allen sat down to talk with Winters about her early start as a poet in Singapore, her life at the University, and her relationship with writing poetry as an act of creation and necessity.

Topaz Winters, also known as Priyanka Aiyer ’23, is an internationally-acclaimed artist. The Prospect senior writer Paige Allen sat down to talk with Winters about her early start as a poet in Singapore, her life at the University, and her relationship with writing poetry as an act of creation and necessity.

THE PROSPECT | February 16

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The importance of humanity in 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

Complete with gorgeous cinematography and stellar performances, King expertly crafts the film narrative in a way that is extremely relevant to contemporary conversation, while stressing the importance of humanization. In a roundtable discussion with college journalists, the main actors of “Judas” each shared their experiences working on the film and why they believe it’s important to view the film now. 

THE PROSPECT | February 10

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Mythology meets modernity in senior thesis performance of ‘Unbecoming’

Paige Elizabeth Allen ’21 and Eliana Cohen-Orth ’21 take on “Unbecoming” — a play written by Emma Watkins ’18 — for their senior theses. With its performance taking place completely outdoors, “Unbecoming” follows the story of Lady Charlotte Guest, a real figure from the 1800s, as she works to translate the collection of Welsh tales known as the “Mabinogian.”

Paige Elizabeth Allen ’21 and Eliana Cohen-Orth ’21 take on “Unbecoming” — a play written by Emma Watkins ’18 — for their senior theses. With its performance taking place completely outdoors, “Unbecoming” follows the story of Lady Charlotte Guest, a real figure from the 1800s, as she works to translate the collection of Welsh tales known as the “Mabinogian.”

THE PROSPECT | January 26

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Tigertones spread holiday cheer in Good Morning America performance

Performing on the popular morning talk show Good Morning America, the Tones were broadcast into the homes of millions of Americans on Christmas morning around 7:30 a.m. EST. 

Performing on the popular morning talk show Good Morning America, the Tones were broadcast into the homes of millions of Americans on Christmas morning around 7:30 a.m. EST. 

THE PROSPECT | January 11

Shavo Odadjian (left) and Serj Tankian (right) during  Sydney Soundwave 2012. 
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Cultural resilience amidst diasporic fragmentation in the music of System of A Down

Officially formed in 1994, System of a Down is an Armenian-American heavy metal band founded in Yerevan’s (unofficial) twin-city capital of Glendale, California. With their international success, the group has bolstered a distinct Armenian musical heritage that has seeped into the ears of billions of foreign fans worldwide.

THE PROSPECT | December 20