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Where you read it first | Tuesday, September 26, 2023



Las Letras Encubiertas: 'Caperucita se come al lobo'

In hundreds of years of Latin American literature, the male-dominated canon has kept the character of women as an accessory and a servant, following sexist and conservative values instilled by the Catholic church.Even in this last decade, with Latin American conservatism having been discarded, and especially with the “Latin Lover” stereotype, women are judged and not allowed to have a perception and manifestation of their own sexuality.


Queeries: A thanks to the Daily

Welcome back to another week of Queeries! This week we’re talking about The Daily and the importance of queer voices. Being queer is a lifelong journey of breaking the boundaries that surround gender and sexuality, but being societal rule breakers is exhausting when it feels like your voice is not being heard. For us, the Daily has supported our voices and given us a space to not only banter with one another but also create an environment where we feel valued, included and empowered to succeed.


'White Noise' is a cluttered postmodern mess

In 1985, postmodernist writer Don DeLillo gained widespread acclaim for “White Noise,” a novel about a professor and his family in Middle America whose lives are upturned by a toxic air contamination accident. The novel, which touches on themes of consumerism, academia and death, won the National Book Award for Fiction and has since become a postmodern classic. While the book’s success should’ve made it the perfect candidate for a movie adaptation, it was long considered “unfilmable” because of its complex plot. After nearly 20 years in development, “White Noise” has finally been given the Hollywood treatment by “Marriage Story” (2019) director Noah Baumbach. Did he make a cinematic masterpiece and prove everyone wrong? Not exactly.


The rise (and fall) of Marvel's Disney+ content

Flashback to January 2021, if you can — or want to, even. After a long hiatus from our favorite superpowered protagonists, Marvel Studios was set to release its new project: “WandaVison” (2021). The word “new” is important here, as this project gave Marvel some firsts. It was the first series centering Marvel Cinematic Universe actors reprising their blockbuster roles on the small screen of Disney+. And it was, arguably, Marvel’s first attempt at playing with genre within its superhero-flick formula. And it was the first of many — perhaps too many — MCU shows coming to Disney+. 


The Legend of Vox Machina season 2 makes strides but still stumbles

It doesn’t always feel good to come full circle. Without enough change or perspective, it can feel like what it literally is: going in a loop. It feels almost worse to see such a lap happen to others, and both in and out of the show itself, that is the case with season 2 of Amazon Prime Video and Critical Role’s “The Legend of Vox Machina” (2022–). Characters return to their roots, check up on estranged family and interrogate what they want out of their own lives. Yet by the time the season ends, it feels like so much of what made the first season a pleasant but overreaching animated fantasy show has remained intact for better and worse. Season 2 is a better, more fleshed out show than what came before it, but its retention of the series’ key flaws makes it a more frustrating experience than ever.


Medford's Carrie Bradshaw: It starts with a sniffle

Picture this: You wake up, the sun shines through your blinds and you feel an unnerving sensation tingling in your nostrils. The worst possible feeling has descended upon you — a stuffy nose. As a student, being sick is one of the most irritating inconveniences to your day. It can start with a sniffle or a throat itch, and then BOOM! You’re on bed rest.


Envision’s ‘How We Got On’ hits play on Black joy and creativity

“How We Got On” (2012) debuted Friday night to a packed Curtis Hall as the first production by Tufts’ Black theater company, Envision, created by sophomores Chance Walker and Elias Swartz. The show tells the stories of three suburban Black teens and their growing passion for the art of rap during the inception of the hip-hop genre. As the show goes on, main characters Hank (Dylan Bell), Julian (Moriah Granger) and Luann (Marsha Germain) cycle through the stage like tapes in a boombox, telling their stories of growing pains and an MTV-fueled passion for rap.


Fans 'surrender' to the magic of Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers exemplifies the dream-come-true star. Hailing from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she grew up playing banjo and started writing songs in eighth grade. She went to NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and in 2016, she wrote “Alaska” in 15 minutes for a homework assignment. Pharrell Williams ended up being a surprise guest that day, and it was a random happenstance that he heard her song. But he loved it, a video of the interaction went viral and Rogers got a record deal. “Alaska” made it onto her 2019 album “Heard It in a Past Life,” and four years later, she’s now touring her 2022 album “Surrender.”


Why Beyoncé deserved the Grammy, part 2

Nearly three years ago, the Daily published an op-ed detailing the racism within the music industry and how it robbed Beyoncé of winning Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2017. Flash forward to this year’s ceremony and here we are again. While Beyoncé set historic records at this year’s ceremony, she was snubbed of the night’s biggest honors once again.


Viola Davis becomes the third Black woman to achieve EGOT status

The 2023 Grammy Awards brought major shocks and surprises for those who tuned in — some good, some bad. While Beyonce became the most awarded artist in Grammy history, another woman also achieved a major milestone. With her win for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording for her memoir “Finding Me,” Viola Davis achieved EGOT status, making her the 18th person to achieve this award and the fourth Black performer. 


'Somebody I Used to Know' in the words of Dave Franco and Alison Brie

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, there is no shortage of rom-coms to binge watch. One is newly released “Somebody I Used to Know” (2023), a romantic comedy co-written by couple and frequent collaborators, Dave Franco and Alison Brie. The Daily had the opportunity to attend a college roundtable interview featuring Franco, Brie and Jay Ellis, inviting an insider look into the making of the film.


Gregory Alan Isakov's music warms up Roadrunner

Gregory Alan Isakov, a folk artist born in South Africa, performed at Roadrunner in Boston on Jan. 28, 2023. Originally a horticulturist before his music career took off, Isakov’s connection with nature and rural upbringing are evident through his music, as many of his songs have some sort of natural focus. In addition to being a folk musician, Isakov owns a small farm in Colorado where he grows food for local businesses. 


Medford's Carrie Bradshaw: Being extracurricular-ly curious at Tufts

What should you get involved in, in college? Since I entered college last fall in 2021, I'm curious. Some say that there are activities in college that you can only do during these four years and at no other time, while others say that such activities are the only way to keep yourself busy or distracted from the hustles, worries and bustles surrounding the rest of your day, week, month, semester, year! So, are we giving up too much of our free time, or are we not giving up enough?


‘The Boston Festival of Films from Iran’ continues to inspire with its global narratives

Last week, the Museum of Fine Arts hosted The Boston Festival of Films from Iran, a three-day event dedicated to the exclusive screenings of Persian movies, both new and old. Since its inception in 1994 as a collaborative initiative between the MFA Boston, the MFA Houston and the National Museum of Asian Art, the festival was forced to take a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. But for the first time since, the event has returned with a selection of four powerful films, each of which stands out for its unique narrative, discussions and sharp criticisms of contemporary Iranian society. 


'Poker Face' revamps a classic detective story

Fresh off the success of last year’s “Glass Onion” (2022), writer-director Rian Johnson has created another compelling addition to the murder mystery genre with his new Peacock series “Poker Face” (2023–), starring the uniquely talented Natasha Lyonne as casino worker Charlie Cale. The first four episodes of the series premiered on the streaming service on Jan. 26 with new installments coming out each Thursday.


Viral The 1975 concert hits Amazon Prime

From clips of Matt Healydevouring a raw steak on stage or doing push ups to videos of former U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss, it is hard to escape the absurdity of The 1975’s recent tour. The tour has been in the news and viral on social media since it began last November and for valid reasons. Recently, a concert film of the band’s performance at Madison Square Garden was released on Amazon Prime Video, allowing even more people to experience the bizarre spectacle that is The 1975.