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How Lonely Sits The City, Part II

“The idea of a “ruin aesthetic” has been resolvable for few, and problematic for many. To believe that such a thing exists seems at once to be an act of fetishization and ennoblement. I am convinced that the ways in which we perceive ruinscapes can have (and have had) tangible consequences, although the nature of these repercussions is contingent on the time in which the particular ruinsite exists.” Continue reading

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Living Character and Writing Character

There’s an inherent desire to keep the innermost parts of one’s self a secret. People hate when their diaries are read. With this in mind, it’s almost as if journalists are never after inner life. They’re always after the glittering character celebrities create for this purpose. Continue reading

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Why Fifty Shades?

“You beguile me, Christian. Completely overwhelm me. I feel like Icarus flying too close to the sun, ” purrs Ana, the protagonist of this year’s lauded, seminal classic, 50 Shades of Grey.
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Not Dead Yet

“I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.” This is hardly “Call me Ishmael,” but I suppose it gets the job done. It begins Charlaine Harris’ 2001 novel Dead Until Dark. For the uninitiated, this is the first installment in the massively-popular Southern Vampire Mysteries, perhaps better known by the title of the HBO show it inspired, True Blood. Continue reading

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Osama and the Riddle of Modern Warfare

In “No Easy Day,” a Navy SEAL’s account of the raid that killed Osama bin-Laden, the great question that arises is whether modern professional armies can learn to fight asymmetric conflicts in a manner both efficient and ethical. Continue reading

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