Spoiler Warning for Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
Content Warning: This article discusses murder and sexual assault, but not explicitly. The novel does not describe the assault in detail but uses vague flashbacks, however other themes are described explicitly like murder, blood, transphobic bullying(not excused by the narrative), and a suicide attempt.
“We’re magic. I can feel it right now in the dark. We’re invisible when we need to be and then so firework-bright no one can look away. We’re patience and brilliance. We never forget. We never forgive.”
— Jade Khanjara, Foul is Fair
Remember when as a kid, you looked out at the world, it seemed to be filled with wonders, and magic was always lurking somewhere around the corner. You were able to find joy in the simplest of things but not anymore. Now, as an adult, life seems so boring, and you barely even have time to slow down and enjoy life. And this is often reflected in the media we consume which is packed with grandiose and flashy elements to help us escape our boring lives.
I thought the class labeled public speaking would be a slightly lame echo chamber of advice I’d gotten almost all of my academic career. “Eye contact, stop fidgeting, be concise.” At most, I thought I’d make a friend or two. (Something, as a new student, I figured I could use.)
Instead, we spent the majority of the time doing slightly ridiculous improv exercises. They fixed my writer’s block and taught me more about writing tad presenting than I thought a long-winded collaborative story about polar bear empires and lizard people in the Bermuda Triangle could.
Here’s why your next activity should be stupid improv with your writer friends or solo.
Warning: Spoilers for the short film Shelter
Often I have spent hours watching movies or series only to be left feeling disappointed when they did not leave up to my expectations.
And then I stumbled upon a short film called Shelter. I was never really a big fan of short films, but this short film deeply moved me in a way that I never thought was possible, in a way that many longer series have failed.
Trigger warning for mentions of death, HIV/AIDS, homophobia
RENT is not a rarity in the musical theatre world. It’s one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and I’m envious of anyone who’s seen it with the original cast. It’s easy to say that it’s just a sad play where everyone dies from AIDS, but to do so is to do a disservice to everyone who’s very real lives are mirrored in the musical.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Hadestown the musical.
You could say I was a musical theater nerd in high school. My phase started with Hamilton and lasted a good few years before I just didn’t have time for musicals anymore. I enrolled in college, I found new things to enjoy. I found it hard to get into new musicals, until Hadestown came along.
Hadestown is a retelling of the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice. Other notable characters are Hermes, Hades, and Persephone. The musical's sound is folk and jazzy, and its tone swings high to low as the story unfolds. Located in the Walter Kerr Theater, one of the most memorable things about the musical is its custom stage. The actors stand on a round stage with three concentric rings, the centric one able to be raised and lowered far below the stage. This function is first revealed when Hades comes to take Persephone to the Underworld, or Hadestown.
TW: mentions of death
Shakespearean tragedy, an entire designation of tragedy named after a single playwright. Shakespeare had many famous works that dealt with tragedy, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and the piece I’m going into today, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Julius Caesar is a staple in most US English classes, at least it was in mine just this last year. I had to dissect this play line-by-line to ultimately argue why Julius Caesar is labeled a tragic hero. As you’ve probably experienced in English, it’s common to argue for something you disagree with, this was the case for me. So, this is a mini character study on Brutus, and why he was more of a tragic hero than Caesar.