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On Van Gogh: what it means to be ‘useful’ in the world

Staff Writer for the Prospect Thia Bian reflects on Van Gogh’s letters, his desperation to change the world, and the lesson that “little happinesses” are more important than the pressure to be revolutionary.

Staff Writer for the Prospect Thia Bian reflects on Van Gogh’s letters, his desperation to change the world, and the lesson that “little happinesses” are more important than the pressure to be revolutionary.


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‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’: Sally Rooney’s frustratingly surface-level novel

Contributing Writer Thia Bian reviews Sally Rooney’s newest novel, “Beautiful World Where Are You,” arguing that while the novel interrogates the place of love and beauty in a falling world, it fails to provide a satisfying resolution or exploration of these difficult questions.

Contributing Writer Thia Bian reviews Sally Rooney’s newest novel, “Beautiful World Where Are You,” arguing that while the novel interrogates the place of love and beauty in a falling world, it fails to provide a satisfying resolution or exploration of these difficult questions.


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Revisiting childhood media in the transition to adulthood

Contributing Writer Thia Bian reflects on the difficulty of transitions and reconciling one’s past self in high school with the present self in college. For Bian, the return to media from her childhood has provided respite in this endeavor. 

Contributing Writer Thia Bian reflects on the difficulty of transitions and reconciling one’s past self in high school with the present self in college. For Bian, the return to media from her childhood has provided respite in this endeavor.


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