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A Girl With a Lot of Tattoos Named Anna: On Writing About Writing

In Spring 2015, Television by Amanda SilberlingLeave a Comment

A millennial has an idea. It always begins with a cigarette, and usually a coffee shop, too. The narrator ponders his existence. There’s a plot twist with a manic pixie dream girl, and then there’s a resolution. And then the writer – a character like Gossip Girl’s Dan Humphrey – …

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Crippled By Its Own Success: The Cedar Park Neighborhood

In Spring 2015 by Lauren FeinerLeave a Comment

*This piece was written in Spring 2014 On a warm Spring Saturday morning, the paradox of Cedar Park tucks itself away into the brightly painted porches of quaint Victorian row homes and the palms of neighbors waving friendly hellos on the sidewalk. The West Philadelphia neighborhood, which spans from 45th …

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‘Nature,’ ‘Inspiration,’ ‘Stepping Forward,’ ‘Deconstruction and reconstruction,’ & ‘Mantra’

In Spring 2015 by Terrill WarrenburgLeave a Comment

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Terrill Warrenburg‘Nature,’ ‘Inspiration,’ ‘Stepping Forward,’ ‘Deconstruction and reconstruction,’ & ‘Mantra’
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Thoughts on Joni Mitchell

In Spring 2015 by Julia SchwartzLeave a Comment

A girl I was in love with once said to me while we were laying in bed, “Everyone I love loves Joni Mitchell.” At the time this seemed like a relatively unremarkable statement, particularly because there were so many other things I wanted her to be saying. It is also …

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Who Needs Language?

In Spring 2015 by Alexander AtienzaLeave a Comment

A friend of mine who is a music major once expressed his distaste for musicals to me. He thought that adding words to a medium that attempts to communicate experiences by transcending language only diluted the expressive power of music. “Who needs language?” was his question. As a lover of …

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Farah and the Devil: A Collection of Poems Inspired by ‘Faust’

In Poetry, Spring 2015 by Ayla FudalaLeave a Comment

Prologue in Heaven A great amorphous flapping Goose-down glued on Cut-out paper angels blow Trumpets of yellow gold The doors are opening! The doors are opening! Onto another antechamber and another A kaleidoscope image unfolding Nothing in the middle But finally, the last door opens, and there He is On …

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When the Comic Industry Almost Died: The 1950s War Against Comics

In Arts and Culture, Columns, Comics, Spring 2015 by Dan SpinelliLeave a Comment

In November, Under the Button (Penn’s humorous student-run blog) went through Van Pelt Library looking for strange book titles. One of the gems uncovered during UTB’s trek through the library was none other than Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham, a nasty-looking tome published in 1954. For UTB’s …

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Sex Criminals and the Creator-Owned Revolution

In Arts and Culture, Columns, Comics by Dan SpinelliLeave a Comment

In my last column, I addressed the problem of stagnant storytelling in many major comics. Brian K. Vaughan, the acclaimed writer of comics like Y: The Last Man and Saga, put it best: “Something like Spider-Man, a book that never has a third act, that seems crazy.” Such complaints rightly …

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The Missing Link in Student Sustainability — Collaboration

In Columns, Uncategorized by Austin BreamLeave a Comment

Escaping the Penn Bubble in Search of Sustainability Opportunities From bike share programs to sustainability publications, vegan mentorship programs to divestment campaigns, cooperative communal living and everything in between, campuses in Philly as a whole are working hard on sustainability. Students are leading the way — pushing boundaries by making …

Austin BreamThe Missing Link in Student Sustainability — Collaboration