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Mapping masculinity: Igshaan Adams’ latest installation in Boston

An expansive display of pink hues and textures greets each new visitor to the Institute of Contemporary Art. Igshaan Adams’ most recent commission for the museum is an intricate weaving that stretches across the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall. The monumental piece, titled “Lynloop,” is an artwork reflective of Adams’ experiences growing up in South Africa.


Confessions of a Cooking Fanatic
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Confessions of a Cooking Fanatic: Pickling party

Anyone who knew me sophomore year is aware of perhaps my greatest moment as a resident assistant: the pickling party. And yes, it was exactly as it sounds. Using my (rather limited) RA budget, I decided that the best use of this was to invite the four Wren Hall suites I was responsible for to a party where we pickled anything they requested.


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For the love of art: A testament to the truth

On Feb. 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin escalated the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, launching a destructive invasion of Ukraine that haskilled tens of thousands and displaced millions of innocent civilians. The invasion elicited a round of international condemnation and calls for action; sanctions were imposed and accusations of genocide were brought forward.


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Memory and mayhem: The Oscar-nominated shorts of 2024

At the beginning of every year, film critics and fans catch up on the previous year’s films in preparation for awards season, which culminates in the Academy Awards on March 10, better known as the Oscars. While most critics have devoted their awards season coverage to Best Picture contenders like “Barbie,” “Oppenheimer” and “Poor Things,” there’s one type of film that’s often overlooked: the shorts.


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Tok the Talk: Celebrity press tours

“They annoy me,” Dakota Johnson recently stated about her co-stars Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O'Connor and Isabela Merced on the press tour for the recent release “Madame Web.” Johnson, perhaps most known for playing Anastasia Steele in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise, has always been known to be something of a loose cannon on press tours.




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‘Poor Things’ is beautifully disturbing

“Poor Things” (2023) has received rave reviews since its initial release at the Venice Film Festival in September 2023. The movie was released in the United States in December, and it aired in the U.K. and Ireland in January 2024. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the film aims to shock audiences while simultaneously painting a comedic image of self-discovery.


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Harmonies in the Limelight: Dances, drugs and ‘All That Jazz’

“It's showtime, folks!”  This is Joe Gideon’s morning mantra — reassuring himself that every day would be as indelibly entertaining as the last. Whether or not any performance is on the docket, to Gideon, protagonist of “All That Jazz,” the whole world is a stage. He lives in a setting ...


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WEEKENDER: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston’s timeless gem

“C’est mon plaisir,” which translates to “It’s my pleasure,” is inscribed on a crest that hangs above the original entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Gardner’s welcoming spirit greets visitors with open arms. So if you are looking for a little adventure in Boston, look no further! This place is more than just a museum — it’s a portal to another era, packed with history, art and a whole lot of charm.


The Bookmark
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The Bookmark: ‘Writers and Lovers’ by Lily King

Let’s start this column out strong with a recent favorite read: “Writers and Lovers” (2020) by Lily King. This novel is smart, fun, reflective and just an all-around great read. It’s guaranteed to make you feel the full range of emotions, prompting you to laugh one second and cry the next. Narrator and protagonist Casey Peabody is very lovable in her awkwardness and determination to make it as a writer. We see her face the complexities of life: grief, love and, of course, geese. More on the geese thing later…


For the Culture
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For the Culture: Women in hip-hop breaking barriers

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and Lil’ Kim deconstructed barriers that negated the artistic expression of female rappers in mainstream hip-hop music. In their records, the trifecta explicitly and implicitly subverted patriarchal binaries. Fundamentally, these rappers envisioned liberation through the expression of female sexuality, romance and emotions.



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Confessions of a Cooking Fanatic: Cheesus Christ

Now, I have colloquially described my college house as “The Cheese House,” firstly, because my roommate (now abroad) is Coby Formaggio, founder of the current Tufts Cheese Club, and because I am from the grate state of Wisconsin. Refusing cheese feels a little blasphemous, and yet, I blaspheme.


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Linnea Axelsson’s ‘Aednan’ is an epic story of stories

The English translation of “Aednan: An Epic,” by Sámi-Swedish writer Linnea Axelsson, came out on Jan. 9. Saskia Vogel completed the translation. The highly anticipated translation comes after much praise for the original, which was initially released in Swedish in 2018. That same year, it won the prestigious August Prize, which Sweden gives annually to the country’s best books.


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Brown and (Usually) Blue: Imagining the environment

My room back home in Bombay (or Mumbai, depending on who you’ve heard it from) faces the Arabian Sea. I’ve gone to sleep listening to the soothing lull of waves since before I learned the meaning of the word, walked past couples posing against clear blue skies and admired crimson west coast sunsets, especially since my foray into Instagram. But the rose-tinted glasses (or filters, if you will) of social media can’t hide the reality of where we’re headed.


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Public Cinemy No. 1: Reality television in the digital age

Compared to the rest of the world, American television is infamous for its glossiness. Whereas British soaps and Italian reality TV shows tend to feature girls-next-door and regular Joes (Giuseppes?), US shows are chock-full of toned abs, low-cut tops, gleaming white teeth and other trademarks of the young and fit.


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‘Expats’ review: Three women and a baby

Warning: This review contains spoilers for the miniseries “Expats.”  The first episode of the miniseries “Expats,” directed by Lulu Wang and based on Janice Y. K. Lee’s novel “The Expatriates,” premiered on Jan. 26. Following an array of expatriates in Hong Kong, the ...



For the Culture
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For The Culture: Don’t bite the bait!

Hip-hop has a problem: unoriginality. Espoused by “oldheads” and hip-hop traditionalists for years, criticism of unoriginality in hip-hop is now an established sentiment within the community. Although some hip-hop artists and groups like JPEGMAFIA, Smino, EARTHGANG and Griselda maintain the experimental and innovative spirit of the genre, mainstream hip-hop is overwhelmed with strikingly stale records.