Wolfmother: It’s Essay Writing Time

There’s something about the swooning guitar and consistent drumbeat that gets my fingers moving across the keyboard. I’ve written some of my best—and by that, I mean “most passable”—papers while listening to Wolfmother or other music like it. Something hard, fast, and not commanding enough to distract me from my paper. The ticka-ticka-ticka of my keyboard joins the clashing of the drums and the shrill guitars in an orchestral harmony…

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In This Month: Twilight

“Twilight” is an easy punching bag, but somehow, despite all its problems, there is something about the franchise that keeps drawing me back. Maybe because these books are targeted directly at me, a teenage girl. Maybe it’s because every guy in a 50-mile radius of Bella immediately falls in love with her, despite her being the physical embodiment of wheat bread. Maybe it’s the edgy, bad boy persona that Edward adopts even though he really isn’t a bad boy at all…

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Praise for “Hunger Games” Prequel

Many fans were dismayed when it was revealed that the novel would follow Coriolanus, who is considered to be the main villain of the Hunger Games trilogy. I disagree, however. I believe that all monsters were once men, and “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” reveals Coriolanus’s tumultuous relationship between his humanity and his brutality as he struggled to survive in the brutal social sphere of the Capitol.

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A Love Letter to Barbie

Growing up, I watched Barbie movies religiously. We’re going on a road trip? Great, let me slap my scratched DVD of Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper in my portable DVD player. Since the lock-down started, my sister and I have been rewatching all of the old Barbie movies, and although I am now an adult, I still remember the magic and joy these movies provided for me all the way back in 2005.

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