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The White Tiger of Hollywood: A Crazy Rich Asians Film Review

Jan 27, 2019

“These people aren’t just rich, they’re crazy rich.” True to its title, Crazy Rich Asians dazzled Hollywood with its high-class production. This is especially true for Asian Americans and Asians all over the world who have been waiting for decent representation on the big screen (that does not involve being the token quirky Asian in the group). The film gave Asian representation a bombastic entrance on the red carpet. Crazy Rich Asians came through with an average of 95 percent in approval ratings during its first week. The movie charmed viewers right from the very beginning with its crisp visuals and meaningful, clever banter. The sharp contrast between the protagonist, young and......

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The Academic Fictionist: A. S. Byatt

Jan 24, 2019

A. S. Byatt’s stories thread through notable periods in British history and defy expectations with intellectual characters and fantastical elements. Throughout the decades, A. S. Byatt has woven a rich tapestry of fictional works inspired by real-life authors and artists as well as influential literary movements. Antonia Susan Byatt (née Drabble) was born on August 24, 1936, in Sheffield, a city in South Yorkshire, England. Her father was a judge, and her late mother was a Cambridge teacher turned housewife whose domineering personality greatly affected the Drabble children. Byatt is also the elder sister of fellow novelist Margaret Drabble, each of whom, press have reported, harb......

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Grammar Chaos: The Difference between Equity and Equality

Jan 23, 2019

Wishing the world to be fair is a well-known sentiment. Sometimes, people make big speeches about equality to persuade and inspire audiences to help their kin—but they’re actually talking about equity. It’s important to be familiar with the subject to avoid disconnect, so consider this question: is it equity or equality? These two words sound alike, but they have important differences that define their role in the pursuit of social justice and their function in rhetoric. We’re here to break these differences down to make these two loaded words easier to use in our everyday struggle. By definition, equality is “the state of being equal,” meaning that one “regards or affects all obj......

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Blogging 101: Finding Your Blog Niche—Tracing the Evolution of Blogs on the Internet

Jan 22, 2019

Blogs have dominated the Internet for two decades now and have grown from humble personal pages into professional archives, effective marketing tools, and interactive resources. If you’re still feeling stuck on where you belong in the blogosphere, read on to find out more about the many kinds of blogs. Online Diaries Blogs originated in the ’90s as a way for people to log their experiences, reflections, and opinions. In fact, the word “blog” itself is a shortened version of “web logging.” Early blogs allowed people to create archives of memories, very much like how one keeps a diary. Another function of early blogs was to serve as an archive of links that one may find useful......

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A Primer on the Reality of Magic: A Series Overview of The Magicians

Jan 20, 2019

Magic is very much real in The Magicians—it’s not just the parlor trick street magicians do. There’s even a school for it: Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. The Magicians is a SyFy series that first aired on December 16, 2015. Based on Lev Grossman’s adult trilogy of the same name, it follows Quentin Coldwater and his best friend Julia Wicker as they discover their talents for magic. Quentin gets into Brakebills, and there, he meets the astute Alice, royal duo Margo and Eliot, traveler Penny, and battle magician Kady. The show sees this ensemble go on a whimsical adventure filled with strange magic, gory consequences, and a lot of jumping between worlds as they attempt to......

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Portrait of a Filipino Writer: Nick Joaquin

Jan 17, 2019

As one of the most renowned English writers in Philippine history, Nick Joaquin crafted memorable stories that not only promoted a multifaceted appreciation for Filipino culture but also presented hard-hitting critique and insights into the religious, political, and socioeconomic history of his overcolonized home country, a true testament to the saying “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Joaquin was born in Paco, Manila, on May 4, 1917, the fifth of ten children whose mother was an English/Spanish teacher and whose father was a colonel under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo during the Philippine Revolution of 1896 against Spanish colonizers. As a child, Joaquin was an avid reader of his mo......

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Grammar Chaos: Knowing the Difference between Keel and Kneel

Jan 16, 2019

Tripping over in front of a crowd can be embarrassing, painful, and sometimes, scarring. Misusing a word can be just as mortifying, but what’s important is that we recover from the fall and learn from our mistake. The words keel and kneel tend to confuse people with their similarities—let’s get into their specifics now before we learn them the hard way. Keel and kneel have nearly the same spelling, and this can make it hard to read. But they differ substantially in their pronunciation, as their first syllables are pronounced differently. The former starts with a /k/ sound, and the latter begins with an /n/ sound. Reading the words out loud will help determine which is which at th......

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Fiction Starter Pack: The Basic Elements of Fiction Writing

Jan 15, 2019

Creative writing has many forms, and there are many approaches to writing any single one of them. For fiction, the first thing to do is think and imagine story elements, but what follows? How does one go about writing it down and arranging it in a manner that makes sense? People still haven’t fully agreed on the number of elements that strictly constitute fiction. So for now, let’s go with six key elements: setting, characters, plot, point of view, theme, and style. The first three elements are geared toward the structure and content of the fictional world Setting This includes geography, culture, language, government, livelihood, among others. Every world’s special tw......

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