Luiza Lodder is a native Brazilian who graduated from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College. Her transcript says she studies English literature, but she dabbles in everything from Arabic language classes to geoscience courses about gemstones. Her serious interests (besides consuming a variety of books, albums, films, and TV shows) include analyzing social perceptions and portrayals of mental illness; assuaging cultural identity struggles; and learning all the Romance languages. Her non-serious interests include reading food blogs, mastering the art of winged eyeliner, and editing friends' papers. Between dreams of writing the next great novel and revolutionizing literary scholarship at an as-of-yet unknown graduate school, Luiza reviews music for No Ripcord and writes bad poetry on post-it notes.
For reasons as much aesthetic as intellectual, The Crown can proudly take its place among the highlights of TV's current golden age.
26 Jan 2018
Vanessa Panfil seeks to complicate the popular narratives surrounding gang members and the hypermasculine, hyper-heterosexual lives they lead.
12 Sep 2017
"Capital cities are by definition sites of political power... they are open also sites of resistance, of political counter-power, of protest rallies and headquarters of opposition movements, parties and trade unions."
17 Jul 2017
After finishing this compilation, I knew I preferred the puncture wounds of a lethal short story to the blunt force trauma of a novel.
20 Jun 2017
Shelley DeWees' sardonic humor buoys the reader through infuriating examples of the misogyny, double standards, and injustice British women authors had to contend with.
09 Feb 2017
Thrilling, engrossing, and infuriating, Loner harks back -- in a completely contemporary timbre -- to literary classics that create compelling portraits of repellant characters.
07 Dec 2016
David Orr's exploration of Robert Frost's famous (and famously misinterpreted) poem will have you questioning Frost's intentions -- and your illusions of self-agency.
28 Nov 2016
Cultural historian Kari Kallioniemi examines the relationship between pop music and national identity, but only diehard academics will want to wade through his convoluted writing style.
31 Oct 2016
Dictionaries: "They are the nasty medicine which you are handed when you display even the slightest ignorance about the meaning of a word." Or so we thought.
27 Oct 2016
Barbara Taylor's "bin memoir", as she terms it, tells a story of neglect, dysfunction, and failed expectations. She recovered; the mental health care system didn't.
25 Aug 2016
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