Take This Survey's Best of 2011: Music Edition

We made a playlist on Spotify featuring the music we enjoyed in 2011! 

Not featured due to their absence from Spotify’s database: The Black Keys & Adele.

The whole thing is 2 hours long & pretty neat! Listen. Enjoy!

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a good old

i could feel a burn where my

            soul should be

and it hurt in

            only the most desirable way

like a lemon drop on a candle flame

that burst through the gaps

            in my ribcage

what could a nerf gun or a plastic lightsaber

            remind me of but it

and yet i dont long for it as much as you

like the precious first edition books

            and all the rest

plus a means to type, these

            are all that rivals you

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A Dollar

I’ve become those who I once stepped over. My hands ache from a day’s worth of cupping them. My throat, parched, momentarily quenched by rusty water that I had to suck out of the low-running faucet. Parts of my soul, perhaps all of it, stained by scornful glances from passerby. A welt above my right eye from a man’s carelessly tossed change. Already my facial hair has grown in thick, coming back to claim its rightful territory after years of devastation by razor. My clothes are not yet as dirt-stained as they could be, will be. And I don’t even have a dog. 

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Brown people Reading List

For almost all English majors around today, there is a lack of brown (and black) people literature being read. What I mean by this is, the typical English major (and American for that matter) can go a whole four year degree and not read a single non-white author. Toni Morrison may or may not slip in there somewhere, but she’s hardly the only one a person should read. Why is this? Well, the answer is pretty obvious. White people control the country. Duh. So I’ve come up with 5 really good brown/black/non-white books to start you off with. It’s time to pop your brown cherry (holy fuck, that sounds nasty). 

The God of Small Things  (1997) by Arundhati Roy

This book is simply amazing. Every word is well written and lyrical while at the same time brutally realistic. The most impressive (and challenging) part of this book is the nonlinear structure of the plot. Things bounce back and forth, sometimes without giving the reader a hint of when things are diverging. Roy has not written a novel since this, and says she will never do so again. All the more reason to read this one of a kind novel. 

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04th
April
What I’m Watching Watched This Weekend for March 25 - March 27, 2011
This Weekend’s Theme: Meta-Documentaries (Or, arguably, mockumentaries.)
Friday: Catfish
2010. Starring: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost.
Like the poster says—don’t go searching around the internet before you watch this. All you really need to know is that this film is about social networking. I found the first part of the film super captivating, but there is a bit of the film you may find yourself struggling through. Hold fast though, the ending is worth it.
Saturday: I’m Still Here
2010. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix.
Anyone who follows celebrity news closely will remember Joaquin’s freaky interview on David Letterman a few years back. This documentary is what followed.
Sunday: Exit Through The Gift Shop
All these films can be found through Amazon Instant Video. Catfish may be available at your local Redbox.
-SovietOnion

What I’m Watching Watched This Weekend for March 25 - March 27, 2011

This Weekend’s Theme: Meta-Documentaries (Or, arguably, mockumentaries.)

Friday: Catfish

2010. Starring: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost.


Like the poster says—don’t go searching around the internet before you watch this. All you really need to know is that this film is about social networking. I found the first part of the film super captivating, but there is a bit of the film you may find yourself struggling through. Hold fast though, the ending is worth it.

Saturday: I’m Still Here

2010. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix.

Anyone who follows celebrity news closely will remember Joaquin’s freaky interview on David Letterman a few years back. This documentary is what followed.

Sunday: Exit Through The Gift Shop

All these films can be found through Amazon Instant Video. Catfish may be available at your local Redbox.

-SovietOnion

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